Watch an epic brawl erupt among Ukrainian lawmakers after a heated argument over MH17


Deputies of the majority fight with the deputies of Regions Party, party of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, during the debates in the parliament in Kiev on July 22, 2014. The parliament adopted the presidential decree on partial mobilization. AFP PHOTO/ STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)



Ukrainian lawmakers are under a lot of pressure at the moment, so they blew off steam in a time-tested manner — by pummeling each other with their fists.

Lawmakers were voting on whether to mobilize more troops to fight pro-Russian separatists in the east. A majority approved the decree.

The fight started when Nikolai Levchenko, an MP from the Party of Regions — the pro-Russian party of former president Viktor Yanukovich — accused the Ukrainian army of murdering people in the east. MPs from the nationalist Svoboda Party took offense.

For a look back at parliamentary brawls of the past, go here.