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UKRAINIAN PARLIAMENT IN TURMOIL AGAIN. Lawmakers from the Yuliya Tymoshenko Bloc blocked the Verkhovna Rada rostrum on 15 May to protest the refusal of prison authorities to release two former Unified Energy Systems (EES) executives, Hennadiy Tymoshenko and Antonina Bolyura, UNIAN reported. On 13 May, a court ordered a stop to all criminal cases launched by the Prosecutor-General's Office against opposition leader Yuliya Tymoshenko and four former EES executives (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 14 May 2003), but the Prosecutor-General's Office subsequently appealed the ruling. According to lawmaker Andriy Shkil, eight lawmakers from the Yuliya Tymoshenko Bloc were beaten by police on 14 May while trying to enter the Kyiv prison where Tymoshenko (Yuliya Tymoshenko's father-in-law) and Bolyura are being kept. Yuliya Tymoshenko demanded that Prosecutor-General Svatoslav Piskun appear in parliament to explain why the former executives are still in custody, and parliamentary speaker Vlodymyr Lytvyn reportedly pledged to summon Piskun. Meanwhile, lawmakers adopted a resolution on 15 May obliging them to remain in parliament until all 150 issues on the daily agenda were duly addressed. JM