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Pandemonium broke out in Ukraine's parliament Tuesday as opposition groups tossed eggs and smoke bombs in an unsuccessful effort to stop legislators from extending Russia's lease of a Crimean naval port.

Thousands of protesters also gathered outside parliament to protest the measures, which extends the Russian navy's use of the Sevastopol port for 25 more years after the old lease expires in 2017.

Smoke billowed through the chamber after at least two smoke bombs went off and parliamentary Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn had to duck behind an umbrella as opponents hurled eggs at him.




























The two countries' presidents agreed last week to extend the lease. The measure was also ratified by Russia's parliament Tuesday.

As part of the arrangement, Russia agreed to discount natural gas exported to Ukraine.

The extension passed with 236 votes in the 450-member parliament, but opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko said the deal wouldn't last.

"Parliament ratified this agreement on a treacherous path. We will change it as soon as we return to power," she said, according to the ITAR-Tass news agency.

The deal is the most concrete sign of Russia's renewed influence in Ukraine since Viktor Yanukovych became president in February.

Yanukovych replaced Viktor Yushchenko, who pushed to move Ukraine out of Moscow's shadow and integrate more closely with Western Europe.

Yanukovych, a former electrician and factory manager, has pledged to elevate Russian to the status of a second official language alongside Ukrainian.


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