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Brawl in Ukranian Parliament Sends Five to Hospital



KIEV, Ukraine—A fight in Ukraine's parliament Thursday left opposition lawmakers bloodied and bruised after they protested against the opening of a criminal case against their leader, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Deputies from Ms. Tymoshenko's bloc had physically blocked the work of Parliament and hung signs reading "Stop the political repressions" a day after prosecutors filed the case. The opposition leader is accused of mishandling hundreds of millions of dollars when she was in office.

In the evening, scores of deputies from the pro-presidential Party of Regions stormed the podium and, after a fight involving fists and flying chairs, forced opposition deputies out of the parliament hall.

Five opposition lawmakers were taken to a hospital—one with a jaw injury, one with a heavily bruised hand, and three with concussions.

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