Rihanna picked the wrong country for her “Umbrella” video.
Eggs, smoke grenades flew in the Verkhovna Rada on Tuesday as the umbrella-covered majority ratified the Medvedev-Yanukovych Pact.
The unconstitutional treaty that gives Ukraine’s oligarchs gas discounts and extends the presence of Russia's Black Sea Fleet until 2042 gathered 236 votes.
That included absentee MPs Kivalov and Holovaty, members of the ruling Party of Regions.
Outside, thousands of people rallied against the treaty and wrestled with police.
Amid the struggle and mayhem inside, opposition leaders failed to communicate with the protesters outside. In the absence of live coverage, the protesters relied on cell phones and portable radios.
Thus, the protesters on the ground found themselves a little out of touch with the ones on the Rada floor.
Tymoshenko, Yatsenyuk, Hrytsenko, Lutsenko... From my side of the rally, none of them was seen or heard.
I, for one, did a lot of fence-sitting.