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Paruby closes morning plenary session of Verkhovna Rada
12:27, 6 October 2017
Paruby closes morning plenary session of Verkhovna Rada

He apologized to representatives of government for untimely close of the session

12:27, 6 October 2017

The Verkhovna Rada

Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andry Paruby closed the morning plenary session of the Verkhovna Rada. It was broadcasted by official TV Channel 'Rada'.

'My most esteemed colleagues; there are the representatives of the government in the hall. I want to apologize to them, we had the incident in the hall and unfortunately it is technically extremely difficult to work in the hall. I want to report that according to article 51 of Regulation of Ukraine and the technical reasons I am forced to close the morning session of the Verkhovna Rada. I announce the close of the morning plenary session', Paruby said.

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The speaker urged the colleagues to realize that the unrests within the walls of the Verkhovna Rada are unacceptable.

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'My most esteemed colleagues; I would like us to reconsider the things that happened today and to not approach the parliament to the destructions. All patriotic forces, all governmental forces should to realize that the things that took place today are unacceptable. We should not allow anyone to destroy the Ukrainian parliament and the Verkhovna Rada. The Verkhovna Rada was the basis for the saving of our state at the hardest times. I would like everyone to reconsider and to come with other mood for our next plenary session', he said.

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Earlier, non-affiliated MP Yury Levchenko claimed that he fired a smoke pellet in the Verkhovna Rada. The session was not stopped due to the smoke.

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved, in principle, the so-called Donbas Reintegration draft law in the first reading, officially called “On specifics of state policy on ensuring Ukraine’s sovereignty over temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions” excluding all mentions of Minsk agreement from it.

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