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A Ukrainian opposition lawmaker wore a bulletproof vest to a debate in the country's parliament after expressing fears for her safety.

Lesya Orobets, 31, represents the Fatherland Party of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

On the eve of the special parliamentary session on Tuesday she had written on Facebook that she would not be attending "as there was not the slightest certainty that after entering the chamber I would be able to get out," Agence France-Presse reported.

Brawls have broken out in the Ukrainian parliament several times in recent years amid bitterness between opposition and pro-government camps.