April 27, 2010, 12:51 p.m. |
Politics — by
Guards cover parliament speaker Volodymr Lytvyn with an umbrella from eggs thrown by opposition lawmakers during ratification of the Black Sea Fleet deal with Russia, on April 27. Ukraine's parliament has voted to extend Russia's lease of a Crimean naval port for the Black Sea Fleet in a chaotic session during which eggs and smoke bombs were thrown. The countries' presidents agreed last week to extend the Russian navy's use of the Sevastopol port for another 25 years after the old lease expires in 2017.
Verkhovna Rada deputies of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc and Our Ukraine People's Self-Defense Bloc threw eggs in Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Lytvyn.
That was deputies' reaction for attempt of the speaker to open morning meeting of the Verkhovna Rada.
After several eggs were thrown towards the speaker, his body guards covered him with umbrellas.
Those actions did not stop the opposition and Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc and Our Ukraine People's Self-Defense Bloc deputies continue throwing eggs towards the presidium.
As Ukrainian News earlier reported, over 3,000 supporters of the Party of Regions are holding rally near the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in support of the ratification of the agreement on the prolongation of deployment of the Russian Black Sea fleet in Ukraine until 2042.
The rally participants are holding flags with symbols of the Party of Regions and national flags.
About 5,000 supporters of opposition are holding rally against the ratification of the prolongation of the Russian Black Sea fleet deployment in Ukraine until 2042.
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