12 Dec 2015

Brawl erupts in the Ukrainian parliament

7:55 am on 12 December 2015

A brawl erupted in the Ukrainian parliament after prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk was interrupted during his annual address and then carried away from the podium.

Ukraine Today reports that Oleh Barna, a member of president Petro Poroshenko's party, handed prime minister Yatsenyuk a bouquet of roses before grabbing him from behind and dragging him away from the podium.

Mr Barna, who had been collecting signatures for a draft resolution of no confidence in the government, then lifted Mr Yatsenyuk off the ground before other parliamentarians intervened, beginning a brawl.

Footage uploaded to the official Ukraine parliament YouTube channel shows the brawl beginning, but not Mr Barna dragging Mr Yatsenyuk away from the podium.

Prime minister Yatsenyuk, from the People's Front party, had been preparing to deliver his annual cabinet ministers report, which included issues of anti-corruption, tax reform, energy and next year's budget.