Furious brawl erupts as Russian MP tears Ukrainian flag from delegate

A Russian and a Ukrainian MP came to blows during a diplomatic conference in Turkey on Thursday. The two politicians met at a gathering in Ankara when the unnamed Russian MP attacked Ukrainian MP Oleksandr Marikovksky for holding a flag of the war-torn country. The Ukrainian MP was posing for a photo when the Russian representative tore the flag from his hands and attacked him.

The brawl comes after Russia’s claimUkraine attacked the Kremlin in Moscow with drones meant to assassinate Putin.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky denied Ukrainian forces were responsible for the purported drone attack. The Kremlin promised unspecified retaliation for what it termed a “terrorist” act, and pro-Kremlin figures called for the assassinations of senior Ukraine leaders.

Uncertainty still surrounds exactly what happened in the purported attack.

Putin’s spokesman on Thursday accused the United States of involvement. To generate domestic support for the war, Moscow has often tried to blame Washington for trying to destroy Russia through its help for Ukraine.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters during a daily conference call that the Kremlin was “well aware that the decision on such actions and terrorist attacks is not made in Kyiv, but in Washington.”

“And then Kyiv does what it’s told to do,” Peskov said, without offering evidence for his claim.

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