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A dispute broke out in the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday after a lawmaker blamed the Ukrainian authorities for failing to adopt a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and accused them of running a war against the Ukrainian people. (July 22)

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Kiev, Ukraine - 22 July 2014

1. Lawmakers holding a minute of silence to commemorate those who died on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17

2. Lawmakers talking to the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament Oleksandr Turchynov

3. Lawmaker Ihor Miroshychenko (long hair) from the Svoboda political party starting to push Party of Regions lawmaker Mykola Levchenko, who blamed the Ukrainian authorities for failing to adopt a ceasefire that could solve the crisis in eastern Ukraine and accused them of running a war against the Ukrainian people.

4. Various of lawmakers pushing each other

5. Lawmakers taking their seats

6. Police guarding the parliament building

7. Exterior of Verkhovna Rada (parliament)

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Scuffles broke out in the Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday after a lawmaker blamed the Ukrainian authorities for failing to adopt a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and accused them of running a war against the Ukrainian people.

The accusations were made by lawmaker Mykola Levchenko from the Party of Regions, which was close to Ukraine's former president Viktor Yanukovych.

Lawmaker Ihor Miroshychenko from the Svoboda Party started to push Levchenko, before other lawmakers joined in the fight.

The incident took place as parliament discussed Malaysian airlines flight MH17, which crashed in eastern Ukraine last week.

The parliamentary session started with a minute of silence to remember the victims.

Oleksandr Turchynov, the Chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament, accused Russia of committing "acts of military aggression against Ukraine" by providing weapons to separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine and sending troops to the border.

Fighting in eastern Ukraine began in mid-April after Russia annexed Ukraine's southern Crimean Peninsula a month earlier.

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