Ukrainian Pols Hurl Eggs in Messy Brawl

Smoke bombs tossed, too, over naval deal with Russia
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2010 5:23 AM CDT
Updated Apr 27, 2010 6:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Ukrainian lawmakers opposed to a naval deal with Russia made their objections known with eggs, smoke bombs, and fists in the country's parliament today. Dozens of politicians and aides scuffled over a huge Ukrainian flag in the center of the chamber as the parliament ratified a deal extending Russia's lease on a Black Sea naval base for another 25 years, CNN reports.

The parliament's speaker was hit by eggs early on and spent the rest of the proceedings huddled behind a black umbrella as opposition lawmakers continued to hurl things, shouting, "Shame!" The deal's opponents—thousands of whom gathered outside the building—say that the agreement violates Ukrainian sovereignty and that the governing party has sold the country out in return for cheaper natural gas.

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