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Scuffle in Ukraine parliament over official use of Russian language

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Deputies scuffle during a session in the chamber of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on Thursday. Opposition deputies brought proceedings to a halt inside the Ukrainian parliament on Thursday, when they staged an action against the bill about the basics of the language policy.

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Lawmakers from pro-presidential and oppositional factions fight in the parliament session hall in Kiev, Ukraine on Thursday. A violent scuffle has erupted in Ukraine's parliament over a bill that would allow the use of the Russian language in courts, hospitals and other institutions in the Russian-speaking regions of the country.

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Deputies scuffle during a session in the chamber of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev.

Maks Levin / AP

An opposition lawmaker Mykola Petruk receives first aid after fighting between pro-presidential and opposition factions in the parliament session hall in Kiev.

A fight broke out on the floor of the Ukrainian parliament as lawmakers debated the use of Russian as the official language in certain parts of the Ukraine. NBC's Willie Geist reports.

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