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Fistfight In Ukraine's Parliament Over Language Bill

Deputies of the Ukrainian opposition fought with deputies of the pro-presidential majority during a session of parliament in Kiev. The opposition parties were protesting a bill that would make Russian an official state language along with Ukrainian.

(RT) KIEV - The head of the Ukrainian parliament has admitted that the legislative power system in the country has failed after several MPs started a fistfight over the status of the Russian language.

Vladimir Litvin said that "the parliamentary system in the country was completely destroyed" as he spoke to reporters at a briefing dedicated to the fight that took place at the latest State Rada session while MPs discussed the status of Russian in the country.

"I have suggested a political decision – admit this fact and vote to dissolve the Rada and to announce out-of-term elections," the speaker told the press. However, he also said that the parliament did not support his suggestion.

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Searching For Marianna, A Pregnant Doctor From Mariupol Held Captive By The Russians

We’ve heard about the plight of the soldiers-turned-prisoners from Mariupol. Here are some traces of the disturbing fate of a young female doctor who’s been taken away.

A paper dove reads "Mariupol" at a shelter for displaced children in Uzhhorod, western Ukraine.

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"Wait for me, because I will return…"

Marianna Mamonova wrote these words to her family, among the text messages and short phone calls that are the only remaining fragments used to piece together her recent past. We also have a photo of her, posted on Russian websites, where she looks into the lens, gaunt and exhausted, signed with a number like a concentration camp prisoner.

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Until the Russian-Ukrainian war, Mamonova’s biography was available to anyone who wanted to know. She was born in 1991, studied at the Ternopil Medical University, and later at the Kyiv Military Academy. After completing her studies, she was sent to work in the coastal city of Berdiansk. Her mother says that this is where her daughter's dream came true: She’d always wanted to be a military doctor, and worked in Berdiansk for three years, receiving the rank of officer in the Ukrainian army.

Beginning in 2014, she’d worked stints as a front-line doctor in the Donbas region, and when Russia invaded Ukraine in February she went to war again. This time in Mariupol.

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