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Lawmakers allow Putin to use military in Ukraine

Russian Lawmakers Approve Military Force In Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russia's parliament granted President Vladimir Putin permission to use the country's military in Ukraine and also recommended Saturday that Moscow's ambassador be recalled from Washington over comments made by President Barack Obama.

The unanimous vote in an emergency session formalized what Ukrainian officials described as an invasion of Russian troops in the strategic region of Crimea. With pro-Russian protests breaking out in other parts of Ukraine, Moscow now could send its military elsewhere in Ukraine.

"I'm submitting a request for using the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine pending the normalization of the socio-political situation in that country," Putin said before the vote.

Putin's call came as pro-Russian demonstrations broke out in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east, where protesters raised Russian flags and beat up supporters of the new Ukrainian government.

Russia's move sharply raised the stakes in the conflict following the ouster of Ukraine's pro-Russian president last week by a protest movement aimed at turning Ukraine toward the European Union and away from Russia. Ukraine has accused Russia of a "military invasion and occupation" - a claim that brought an alarming new dimension to the crisis, and raised fears that Moscow is moving to intervene on the strategic peninsula where Russia's Black Sea fleet is based.

President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Friday "there will be costs" if Russia intervenes militarily. In Saturday's parliamentary session in Moscow, one Russian legislator said Obama had crossed a "red line" and the upper house recommended the Russian ambassador in Washington be recalled. It will be up to Putin to decide whether that happens.

In Crimea, the pro-Russian prime minister who took office after gunmen seized the regional Parliament claimed control of the military and police there and asked Putin for help in keeping peace, sharpening the discord between the two neighboring Slavic countries.

Ukraine's acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, said the election of the election of Sergei Aksyonov as prime minister of Crimea was invalid.

It was the latest escalation following the ouster of Ukraine's pro-Russian president last week by a protest movement aimed at turning Ukraine toward the European Union and away from Russia.

Ukraine's population is divided in loyalties between Russia and Europe, with much of western Ukraine advocating closer ties with the European Union while eastern and southern regions look to Russia for support. Crimea, a semi-autonomous region of Ukraine, is mainly Russian-speaking.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk opened a Cabinet meeting in the capital, Kiev, by calling on Russia not to provoke discord in Crimea.

"We call on the government and authorities of Russia to recall their forces, and to return them to their stations," Yatsenyuk was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency. "Russian partners, stop provoking civil and military resistance in Ukraine."

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SAM March 01 2014 at 1:51 PM

The Russians already have troops and a base in Crimea so, who's going to stop them? Putin has no fear or respect for the US and could care less what our president has to say. Russia also has a veto in the UN Security Council so that pending meeting will be worthless. Now, if the Ukraine had joined NATO then this would be a differnt storyy but their ousted president chose not to. I just hope Putin stops in Crimea and leaves the Ukraine alone.

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dukiesato March 01 2014 at 2:24 PM

Changing the names of the players, see if this makes sense......

Let's say Canada was wanting greater autonomy and separation from Amerika. Public demonstrations in Ottawa, etc. Canadian PM Harper, a supporter of close ties with Amerika, is suddenly thrown from office. Limited civil war begins. Hundreds die.


How would the US react if Russia openly supported the "rebels" in Canada and tried to tell the US what and what it should not do about the Canadian issue ??

What would be the your stance if Russia wanted to deploy and base an anti-missile defense capability against the US in Cuba or Puerto Rico EXACTLY like the US plans to do in Turkey, a country that is the exact same distance from the Russian boarder as Puerto Rico is to the US ??

It's time to THINK people. Do not base your opinions on sound bits crafted and manipulated by the news media, news flash "crawlers" across the bottom of your TV screen, or self serving / closed mined / not in touch, blind political pundits. Like it or not the US needs to loose our biggest, baddest bull in the china shop (which we actually are by the way) mentality in global matters and take care of our own crumbling pile of internal crap which seems to grow bigger and more mind boggling every day.



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Jay Burton March 01 2014 at 2:30 PM

The Russian Government has every right through parliamentary procedures to help the Ukrainian country stabilize itself. It is NO different than any Israeli conflict with Pakistan which American officials continue to always intervene politically, and always continue to affirm their own opinions to that government, but that is the limit of American intervention with all Israeli conflicts. This is a quick and unanimous effort by the Russian Parliament (comparable to our congress) to end and stabilize a country that is only very small and partially divided. I don’t understand to what end the Russian Government intends to intervene and stabilize the Ukrainian conflict, but they have proven themselves to do the right thing, The same thing the United States does continually, rather than let a small part of an upraise kill thousands of innocent people in the long term…as has happened in the past. I believe the stabilization through military intervention is a choice that is no different than the United States makes itself in its ongoing efforts to police the world, which in itself is costly and wrong. Give the Russian Government a chance to control and contain its own problem. The world has used the Russia as an economic partner, which has brought much wealth to us and every other country in this world, and in turn brought wealth to Russia, which is in a desperate need of Jobs and economic opportunities. I believe they will show the world that they can handle this conflict in a quick and concise intervention. I am an American Veteran, dedicated to the safety and protection of This Great Nation. I would still gladly take a bullet for the President of the United States, no matter what political party he represents, because he is my Commander In Chief. But, as an American I am granted the right to an opinion, only. Opinions do not interfere with my DUTY or Allegiance.

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automeris1 Jay Burton March 01 2014 at 2:34 PM

Your post sir is one of the few which makes sense !

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aristars March 01 2014 at 12:28 PM

An elected president was removed the same as it happened in Egypt. Egypt has been punished by Obama and his people; although the military removed that elected president bacause of more than 20 million Egyptains asked the military for help; so why Obama, and the politicians said nothing about removing an elected president in Ukraine? whay that removal was ok, and the one in Egypt was not ok? total double standard! by the way; that pathetic action against Egypt has forced Egypt to make deals with Russia! Mr Obama, stop sending threats, messages on the air waves; that's not the foreign policy that works!!!

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Patrick aristars March 01 2014 at 12:41 PM

You are correct. Threats do not work. Actions do. Impose economic sanctions on Russia if they don't pull out of Ukraine now.

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boyntonhorndog aristars March 01 2014 at 12:46 PM

Wonder how the democrats would like it if we demanded that we remove Obama even though he was elected. You would be crying.

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rthomas303 March 01 2014 at 2:33 PM

Putin invading the Ukraine would be a global diplomatic disaster. The Ukraine currently needs thirty billion right now to stabilize. It has been and will continue to be a financial liability for whomever aligns themselves with this corrupt little country.
Obama, as always, can only flap his gums, no more. Counting on feckless Europe to confront Russia in any way is very laughable.
Russia will slowly and carefully infiltrate the Ukraine, trying to keep from having their presence becoming a public relations disaster.

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linmarco March 01 2014 at 12:26 PM

Excluding a military confrontation with Russia what can the U.S. do? We have enough problems to deal with in this country. Just as sure as Russia invades Ukraine it is going to see some returning caskets. We aren't at war so we aren't seeing any. People here talk about how decisive Putin is. Even decisiveness has a price. He is no sharper than any other world leader. I'll lay odds he will make a heart rending error. Leave them all be.

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Saul March 01 2014 at 2:46 PM

PS. Ukraine is the source of Russia's food supply, its breadbasket. the russians will never let them go.

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brmlaw Saul March 01 2014 at 2:52 PM

agreed nor will they ever let go of their black sea ports. it would be like the US giving up Hawaii.

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Miriam March 01 2014 at 2:52 PM

We are storming the heavens with prayer that sanity will prevail, while at the same time seeing Putin's writing on the wall; he clearly want to restore the former Soviet Union one state at a time. My support is with the people on the ground who simply want a voice in their government and to live with the dignity that must be accorded to all people. Let us not underestimate the power of authentic PRAYER FOR PEACE. Miriam

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G March 01 2014 at 2:53 PM

Comrade O'vomit has degraded this country to where we're no longer THE super power we once were. Most countries have lost respect and fear of us and certainly Putin views us AND O'vomit as one big joke. Putin is like every human being; he'll try to get away with anything just because he can and there's really no country left strong enough to challange him. Even IF we're about equal, O'vomit's too meek /timid to push back. "Ok. Cross this line. I dare you!", "Oh....uhhhh, well, ok. Now cross THIS line!" He has to be the sorriest, ba__ess, most pathetic so called "leader" I've ever seen. If he were lost in a desert, riding a horse, and came upon an oasis, he couldn't lead said horse to the only water within miles. I can't blame Putin because I constantly laugh at this joke of a president myself. America; Land of the free and home of the leaderless brave. And we thought Jimmy Carter was worthless. Were we forever WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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mykecusa@netscap G March 01 2014 at 3:07 PM

What course of action do you suggest at this point ? Maybe reinforce the Embassy in Moscow with a battalion of Marines ? Maybe launch a couple of ICBMs ? Why do you want to flex muscle in Russia's back yard ? I think we should stay out of it.

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peteranton992 G March 01 2014 at 3:20 PM

Sounds like your a scared wimp that is in the mold of the teabagger leader draft-dodger Ted Nugent. Just another punk sitting behind his keyboard spewing ignorant and stupid comments due to the fact they are a wuss when actually in the presence of another person. "FOOL."

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samedayrepo March 01 2014 at 2:54 PM

So much like the late 70's, govt cheese the Carter year's Russia doing what they want, just had Olympic's there. In 1980 Carter boycotted, this time the President made it a Gay protest thing. Joblessness everyplace, a weakening national defense at least Carter admitted thing's were lousy, Obama say's things are awesome and the healthcare scam is running great. Only after 4 year's of Carter the country was smart enough to go another direction.
"Mr Romney, the cold war and the 80's are over, we now have things called aircraft carrier's not musket's" so we elected him again? wtf?

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norbacuna samedayrepo March 01 2014 at 3:12 PM

Hey samedayrepo, I could not agree with you more, I was under the impression that I was the only one alive with the same thinking, today all the government candidates are chosen by the level of less potential lethal poison against its own citizens. We should do just do like the people of Kiev.

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Madeline samedayrepo March 01 2014 at 3:47 PM

I believe a top priority for Mr. Obama and the Dems. at large is gay rights. Good grief, this is one of the many human rights causes I worked for in the early/mid 60's. Virtually every gay and lesbian person I worked with, and knew socially, in Hollywood over a 50 year period has done well to spectacularly well, financially and acceptance-wise, out there at least. What we seem to have now with at least a VERY visible, possibly very small, segment of the gay community are over-the-top "crusaders" for the lifestyle. These extremists will NEVER be satisfied, no matter what. Some gay activists I knew in L.A. wanted acceptance of the alternate lifestyles not only as equally valid for mankind, but in the opinion of some, gay life should be considered preferable. This flies in the face of common sense, much less a possible genetic imperative that most humans would share.

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