Ukrainian journalist attacks politician who refuses to condemn Putin, puts him in a headlock on live TV

A pro-Russian politician and a journalist came to blows on live TV after the parliament member refused to speak ill of Vladimir Putin.

The altercation began when Nestor Shufrych, a member of Ukrainian parliament and the pro-Russian party Opposition Platform – For Life, was asked to comment about Putin on Savik Shuster’s “Freedom of Speech.”

Shufrych’s failure to condemn Putin infuriated journalist Yuriy Butusov to the point that he crossed the room and slapped Shufrych across his face knocking the politician off his chair. After that, there was a quick exchange of jabs where the pair squared up like hockey players before Butusov briefly put Shufrych in a headlock.

It wasn’t until the two had fallen to the ground and began exchanging close punches to one another that onlookers stepped in to break up the fight. Those onlookers included former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

It is evident from this incident that tensions are high and the populous has mixed feelings on the relationship with Russia. As seen in the second portion of the tweet above, Yatsenyuk directly confronted Shufrych over Putin, “Is Putin a murderer and a criminal or not?”

“Let Ukraine’s authorities deal with that,” Shufrych hedged before Poroshenko spoke up.

“There’s a Russian agent right here in the studio,” the former president said as he pointed toward Shufrych. This garnered applause and laughter from some members of the live studio audience, but it was apparent that not all shared similar views.

The guests returned to their seats after the scuffle and resumed the conversation.

The situation on the ground in the Ukraine is still developing, with evacuation plans in place effecting nearly 700,000 people. As of Saturday morning, less than 7,000 people had been evacuated from Donetsk, the Daily Mail reported.

There have been nearly 80 ceasefire violations by pro-Russian separatists recorded in eastern Ukraine in a period just over 24 hours. There have also been reports of shelling from Ukraine, however, both sides are denying any truth to the claims.

This continues to spark concerns over possible “false flag” operations, especially as the time stamp of certain videos shows they do not line up with the reported times of events.

With all of the complexities surrounding the escalation of this war that has been ongoing between Russia and the Ukraine, many are questioning the seriousness of the Biden administration’s diplomacy initiative. Vice President Kamala Harris was sent to Germany to host talks with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at a previously scheduled event.

Harris’ lack of accomplishments overseeing the crisis at the U.S. southern border have drawn sharp criticism.

Harris had a meeting scheduled with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Saturday.


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