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A debate in Ukraine's parliament descended into a brawl on Friday as lawmakers clashed over how to resolve the crisis which has put the country on the brink of civil war.

Fighting broke out when the speaker declared a pause, delaying a debate on a possible resolution calling for President Viktor Yanukovych's powers to be reduced.

Thursday's session was also marred by a scuffle between rival lawmakers.

Ukrainian lawmakers clash during a parliament session in Kiev on Feb. 21.MAKSYM MARUSENKO / AFP - Getty Images
Lawmakers surround speaker Volodymyr Rybak, right, during a rowdy session of parliament.Alex Kuzmin / Reuters
Ukrainian deputies fight during a session of parliament in Kiev on Feb. 21, 2014. Fighting broke out between deputies in Ukraine's parliament when the speaker declared a pause, delaying a debate on a possible resolution calling for President Viktor Yanukovich's powers to be reduced.Alex Kuzmin / Reuters