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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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searcherkind March 01 2014 at 4:12 PM

NO one here seem's to get it , all war's are by design and for profit , all threw history the big banker's have funded both side's in most conflict's , the history you think you know is all theater with its main goal to trim population and add profit , don't be leave it ?, http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/allwarsarebankerwars.php http://www.serendipity.li/jsmill/secret_societies_and_war.htm http://www.planetization.org/rothschild.htm WAKE UP EARTHLING'S

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usabarb4u searcherkind March 01 2014 at 4:19 PM

I get it...read Barry and the BOYS and you will get the demise of a once great nation. Too many POWER mongrels are sitting on powerful seats for PROFIT in their personal accounts. I get it and I am sick of it and I KNOW WE are the CITIZENS who can VOTE OUT those who profit from our loved ones deaths. Check out those OFF-SHORE bank accounts...THEY get high returns because...THEY finance WARS!!! VOTE Democratic...perhaps we can continue to forge forth and make changes for the betterment of America. AND It's time for a world without those like PUTIN. JUST SAY NO TO WAR. REFUSE to KILL.

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rwickl7439 searcherkind March 01 2014 at 4:31 PM

Yeah that's what war is all about. Now go change the water in you bong/peace pipe.

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RJ March 02 2014 at 9:58 AM

Why Is the US media regurgitating the false Obama talking points about what is taking place in Crimea? The leader of Crimea, Sergiy Aksyonov had asked Putin for help from the soldiers stationed at Russia's Black Sea Fleet based in Crimea. The Russian troops are helping to guard strategic buildings and facilities in Crimea as requested. Under the agreement governing the presence of the fleet in Crimea, the Russians must co-ordinate all troop movements outside the fleet's base areas with the authorities beforehand.
Why is the US Media not reporting the truth about who the New leader of Kiev is and that his objective is to create an Islamic government there? Why is President Obama again supporting the Islamic Radicals, just as he did in Libya and Egypt?
All of the foreign news channels have people on the ground in Crimea and Kiev and their reporting is totally opposite of what the US media is reporting. Some stations are even asking why the US media is putting out false reports about the conflict in Ukraine. It really sucks when you can no longer trust the US Media to report even the slightest bit of truth and we must turn to reports from Asia and Europe to get the true story.

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Anji RJ March 02 2014 at 3:11 PM

Thank you for clearing that up, but it's not the business of the US anyway, our media should stick to telling lies here at home.

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williamlevi123 March 01 2014 at 12:18 PM

The countries of Crimea and the Ukraine are two seperate entities, both having their own Parliments. The Russians are not invaders in Crimea, they do not have bases there by force. The land they occupy is leased to them.

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agama63 March 01 2014 at 1:08 PM

While we are being invaded by Latin America and an eventual Chinese takeover we still let the cold war keep us blind. We have more in common with Russia long term than we see.

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surghucjls agama63 March 01 2014 at 1:15 PM

Free speech away.

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surghucjls surghucjls March 01 2014 at 1:18 PM

Sorry, part of my post was deleted. I was replying to agama63. You are right, Russia, we are heading for a dictatorship. We will lose all our Freedoms and if we complain we will be eliminated. God Help Us.

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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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stevosteveusa March 01 2014 at 1:09 PM

Wake up folks...Russia and China are the only 2 countries left that can fight these new world order fascist bas***ds

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m365w stevosteveusa March 01 2014 at 1:20 PM

Russia should protect its borders from the Ukrainian invasion! They probably want to get even with the Soviets for the 7+million Ukrainians slaughtered in the early thirties!

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stevosteveusa m365w March 01 2014 at 1:35 PM

Do some research and you'll see this whole thing is an effort by New World Order fascist pigs who want nothing less than total control over the entire world and your every move...FYI the U.S was and is a present day slaughtering machine....Snowden has shown you the light...can you see?

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mpetzak March 01 2014 at 12:17 PM

Another egomanical dictator wanting control of everything. If the Russian speaking east - Crimeria, wants back - let them go. Leave the rest of Ukraine do what they want. Putin was the Russian "President" from 2000-2008, took a couple of years off and came back in 2012 - guess he could not stand the the boredom of not controlling millions of lives and the vast domain of Russia. Just another crooked person in control. He spent billions of dollars and supposedly received millions back to hold the winter olympics in a Russian sommer resort area where there were pleny of times the snow was melting. Then he gives new Mercedes to Russian medal winners - guess he didn't like Russian built cars.

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derralh mpetzak March 01 2014 at 12:20 PM

he came back to make a fool out of obama....its hard to make a fool out of a fool but hes doing it

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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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markiesplatter86 March 01 2014 at 5:47 PM

There just jeasilous Have Your Say...

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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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