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Ukraine lawmakers brawl in parliament for second day running

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Opposition and pro-presidential lawmakers scuffle on the podium during a session of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on December 13, 2012.

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Deputies of the opposition fight with deputies of the majority for a second time in two days on December 13, 2012.

Seconds out, Round 2! Fights broke out in the Ukrainian parliament for a second time in two days on Thursday, Agence France-Presse reports.

The opening session of the Verkhkovna Rada on Wednesday began in a typically raucous fashion (as seen on PhotoBlog yesterday) as a fight erupted in the chamber between opposition MPs and two deputies whom they accused of defecting to the pro-government camp. Several lawmakers from the opposition nationalist Svoboda group chased two men they called "turncoats" — a father and a son — to prevent them from taking the oath.  

Ukraine's parliament has seen several physical confrontations in recent years amid bitterness between opposition and pro-government camps. 

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Ukrainian lawmakers fight around the rostrum on Dec. 13, 2012.

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Deputies of the opposition fight with deputies of majority party during the opening of the newly elected parliament on December 12, 2012.

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Deputies fight for a second time in two days, during the second session of the newly elected parliament on December 13, 2012.

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Scuffles between lawmakers from Ukraine's ruling party and the opposition broke out in the country's parliament once again on Thursday morning over the election of parliamentary officials. NBCNews.com's Alex Witt reports.