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VIDEO: Fist fight breaks out in Ukrainian parliament over alleged ties to Russia

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Violence erupted inside Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday after an opposition leader was accused of working for the Kremlin.

Ukraine's relationship with Russia has fraught with complication and controversy since time immemorial. During the Stalin era, many Ukranians hated Russia so intensely that many Ukranians joined the advancing German army during Operation Barbossa.

In fairness to the Ukranians, the Russians under Stalin had forcibly starved tens of millions of Ukranians to death prior to that point. However, today there remains a large ethnic Russian population that wields considerable political influence in Ukraine and that seeks to bring Ukraine back wholly under Moscow's sphere of influence. The resulting political conflicts can get considerably more violent than Americans are accustomed to seeing.

Watch the fight break out below:

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