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Putin proposes use of Russian armed forces in Ukraine

Published on Mar 1, 2014 10:22 PM
 
Armed servicemen wait in Russian army vehicles outside a Ukrainian border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked the upper house of parliament to approve sending armed forces to Crimea, the Kremlin said in a statement on Saturday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked the upper house of parliament to approve sending armed forces to Ukraine's Crimea region, the Kremlin said in a statement on Saturday.

"In connection with the extraordinary situation in Ukraine, the threat to the lives of citizens of the Russian Federation, our compatriots, and the personnel of the armed forces of the Russian Federation on Ukrainian territory (in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea) ... I submit a proposal on using the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine until the normalisation of the socio-political situation in the that country," the statement said.