Amid rising tensions between Russia and Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin had legally recognized the breakaway states of Donetsk and Luhansk, a wrestling match between a Ukrainian journalist Yuriy Butusov and pro-Russia party Opposition Platform-For Life Nestor Shufrych broke out amid Savik Shuster’s Freedom of Speech talk show when the latter refused to condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Kremlin’s aggression along Ukraine’s borders. This brawl happened just a few days before Russian troops had been ordered to be stationed in Donetsk and Luhansk a few hours ago.

Shufrych, who was in the middle of speaking, was slapped by Butusov, thus starting the brawl on live television, much to the enjoyment of the studio audience as they were clapping as it happened. It wasn’t just the general public that was watching on as the two men rolled on the floor. Also in attendance were former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who were visibly in awe of what was transpiring. After a few moments of clapping, the audience was yelling at the two men to let each other go.

The fight was said to last around a minute or two as Butusov put Shufrych under a headlock and visibly scratched the politician as he was left with feral-like wounds on his head, which left him bloodied and humiliated on national television in Ukraine.

What had been asked prior to the brawl? Yatsenyuk had asked Medvedchuk ally Nestor Shufrych whether Russia’s Putin is a murderer and a criminal or not? To which the pro-Russian politician said, “Let Ukraine’s authorities deal with that.” where Poroshenko mockingly responded, “There’s a Russian agent right here in the studio.”