In the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, after the speech of the Communist leader Petro Symonenko, who accused the new government of aggravating the situation in the east of the country, a fight broke out between representatives of the parliamentary majority and the opposition.
Speaking from the parliamentary rostrum, the leader of the Ukrainian Communists, Peter Simonenko, said that the nationalists who had come to power resorted to a policy of hard pressure. “You do everything to intimidate people, you arrest people, you unleashed a fight against dissent,” he said.
After that, the deputies of the nationalist party "Svoboda" ran up to the tribune of the Rada and started to push Symonenko away from her by force. Representatives of various factions immediately fled, a fight ensued. Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Turchynov appealed to the deputies to calm down and take important decisions.
Meetings of supporters of federalization under the Russian flags are held in the last two days in the east Ukraine - in Donetsk, Kharkov and Lugansk, their participants demand to hold referendums on the status of their regions. Since March, protest actions are held every weekend in the east of Ukraine, their participants do not recognize the legitimacy of the new governors appointed after the removal of President Viktor Yanukovych from power, and demand the federalization of the country.
On the eve of the demonstrators in Donetsk occupied the building of the regional administration and formed the Donetsk Republican People's Council, which proclaimed the “Act on the state independence of the Donetsk People's Republic”.
The same scenario unfolded events in Kharkov. A group of public figures in the vestibule of the regional administration building held a meeting of the “regional community”. They announced the list of people who took on the duties of deputies of the regional council. It was decided to create an independent state called "Kharkiv People's Republic". According to their statement, this decision will enter into force after approval at a regional referendum.