August 14, 2014 1:42 pm

WATCH: Ukrainian politician punches out rival during heated argument in parliament

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An argument between two lawmakers turned into a scuffle at the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on Thursday, and one punched the other in the face.

Oleh Lyashko and Oleksandr Shevchenko got into an argument, when Shevchenko alleged that Lyashko, contrary to his own account, has never been within the area where Ukrainian forces are fighting separatist rebels.

After several minutes of arguing, Shevchenko began to leave before turning back and punching Lyashko on the cheek.

Lyashko, who surprised many by running third in the May presidential election, has built his image as a nationalist through escapades including posting a picture on Facebook of himself standing over a suspected separatist who had been stripped, bound and loaded into a car trunk.

© 2014 The Associated Press

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