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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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shoecop007 March 01 2014 at 1:38 PM

I do not want to use them, but BHO gave up our missiles in this part of the world for some worthless reason to Putin. Anyone remember "I'll have more flexibility after the election"? Like; take back Ukraine and USA will not do a thing.
USA is week under BHO.

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Michael March 01 2014 at 1:23 PM

should be can't do

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MARTIN March 01 2014 at 1:22 PM

3:00 a.m. and the phone is ringing. I guess it's going to voicemail or some other answering service. Amateur hour has arrived.
And we wonder how we have gotten embroiled in European messes. These guys have been at this for thousand of years; once you peel away the romanticism of the middle ages and before they were going at it back then! Remember the "guns of August" almost 100 years ago? So, for those who think we are the great satan, imperialist, etc. we did not ask for this role, it was imposed on us by these characters that still commemorate battle LOSES in that part of the world.

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carlsmithjr March 01 2014 at 5:22 PM

As Putin would like to put is "Back to the USSR with me as the great leader". one round, one mile, problem gone

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HiBarbRayAndMeg March 01 2014 at 1:21 PM

Civil wars are never pleasant..

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bsn1996 March 01 2014 at 1:17 PM

Hello: It's a fact that John Lennon hated stupid people; well then he'd now hate a lot of stupid fellow Americans who voted for Obama.

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pughugsscassidy bsn1996 March 01 2014 at 1:33 PM

John Lennon was British, not American.

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rat5459 March 01 2014 at 1:12 PM

The hotter heads prevailing. Putin will risk armed responses to keep the Ukraine under Russia's thumb just like it did in Georgia. He is not a world leader. He's just another over-armed thug in the way of progress. Here's hoping the Ukrainians stand strong and united under this no long veiled threat to its sovereignty.

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madr37 March 01 2014 at 1:40 PM

I lived under Communism for 29 years. I never did anything illegal in my birth-country and... MUCH LESS HERE IN THE USA!
It took me eight (8) years for me to receive an EXIT visa and four (4) more years to bring my wife here. I am an American citizen and lived in the United States of America for almost 49 years. I said it then and I am saying it now:
I have in my possession the irrefutable and non-invincible weapon:
It is better, stronger and… almost free. It is better than all nuclear weapons together and,
I guarantee it, better that any other weapon which may or could be invented
Follow me

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Hi Ron March 01 2014 at 5:29 PM


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vandybars March 01 2014 at 1:09 PM

One thing is certain. Obama is no Putin.

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rat5459 vandybars March 01 2014 at 1:13 PM

Yeah, because Obama as a thug would be preferential to you? Don't tell me, you already THINK he's a dictator too. You guys need a better script.

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ROB SYKES rat5459 March 01 2014 at 1:19 PM

No he just has a bad case of [NFS] narcissist fantasy syndrome thinking he is capable of running this country…

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ltcolrdfusmc vandybars March 01 2014 at 1:15 PM

One thing is certain. Obama is no leader!

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MUSTANG ltcolrdfusmc March 01 2014 at 1:39 PM

Let's see. No leader, arrogant, incompetent, poor appointees, bypasses congress at will, holds no one accountable for mistakes, can't see his college records & is a smooth talker. Sounds like a community organizer on steroids!!

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