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Lawmaker Wears Bulletproof Vest to Debate in Ukraine Parliament

Image: Lesya Orobets wears a bulletproof vest during an extraordinary session of the Ukrainian parliament
Deputy of the opposition party Batkivshchyna (Fatherland), Lesya Orobets wears a bulletproof vest during an extraordinary session of the Ukrainian parliament on January 28, 2014 in Kiev. Lesya Orobets, 31, is a deputy in parliament for the Fatherland Party of jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko. On the eve of the parliament meeting Tuesday she had writen 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." However in the end she did attend, wearing a bullet proof vest. On January 29, 2014 she dismissed the concessions by the government to ease the crisis as "tricks for spectators" and "tactical steps" rather than real concessions. AFP - Getty Images

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.