MOSCOW -- An angry mob tossed a Ukrainian lawmaker into a dumpster outside the parliament building in Kiev today, taunting him and shouting obscenities.
As police looked on, the protestors flipped pro-Russian Vitaly Zhuravsky into the trash bin, then held him down and threw a car tire and water onto him before he was finally able to escape.
Zhuravsky is a prominent former member of ousted President Viktor Yanukovich’s Party of the Regions. The incident took place before a set of controversial votes today. The first granted greater autonomy to two breakaway regions in east Ukraine that have been home to intense fighting by Russian-backed rebels.
Fighters who have not committed war crimes were also granted amnesty. The move was a concession to Russia, but also intended to reinforce a fragile ceasefire.
Another vote ratified a trade association agreement with the European Union. That deal had been shelved by President Yanukovich last year after pressure from the Kremlin.
The move backfired, however, leading to street protests that ultimately forced Yanukovich to flee the country in February.