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Ukraine Parliament Skirmish Breaks Out Over Official Language Debate

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KIEV, Ukraine) -- A brawl broke out in the Ukraine parliament late this week over a bill that seeks to establish Russian as an official language.
 
The scuffle broke out as opposition and pro-president deputies debated the use of Russian as an official language in certain parts of the country.

The pro-Western opposition believes in the cultural and political independence from Russia and do not want the language to become official. The law up for debate would allow Russian to be spoken as an official language in parts of the country where Russian speakers are in the majority, according to The Telegraph. Ukraine has a Russian minority, mainly in the eastern part of the country, centered around the city of Donetsk. Before the fight erupted, deputies argued that the decision would split the country.

One opposition party member was taken to the hospital with a bloody head, while opposition deputy, Mykola Petruk was taken to the hospital with blood -- apparently from a head wound -- covering his clothing -- reports The Telegraph.

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