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Putin withdraws request to use force in Ukraine

Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin asked parliament Tuesday to cancel a resolution sanctioning the use of military force in Ukraine, a move his Ukrainian counterpart heralded as a "practical step" toward bringing peace to a region roiled by a separatist insurgency.

Putin's announcement comes after pro-Russia rebels in eastern Ukraine said Monday they would respect a cease-fire declared by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, raising hopes for an end to months of fighting that have killed hundreds and driven thousands from their homes.

A statement on the Kremlin website announced that Putin had asked the head of Russia's upper house of parliament to cancel his March 1 request authorizing the use of force on Ukrainian territory.

Russian parliament member Valery Shnyakin said the house would vote Wednesday on the issue, according to RIA Novosti.

Russian markets, which have been rattled by the crisis in Ukraine and a host of sanctions by the U.S. and the European Union against Russian officials and businessmen, soared 1.6 percent Tuesday after the news, reaching a four-month high.

The Russian leader had made the request after Ukraine's pro-Russian president was ousted in February following months of street protests. In March, Ukraine's Black Sea region of Crimea was annexed by Russia after being seized by troops that Putin later acknowledged were Russian army forces.

Putin's latest move reflects an effort to de-escalate the crisis ahead of a visit Tuesday to Vienna, where he is meeting with the Organization for Security and Co-operation officials who have helped broker peace talks between Kiev and Moscow.

Kiev and Western governments have frequently accused Russia of supporting the rebels in the east and of amassing troops on the border for a possible invasion of Ukraine. But Poroshenko, Ukraine's new president, lauded Putin's announcement Tuesday.

The cease-fire in east Ukraine appeared to be largely holding Tuesday, as soldiers at a checkpoint in Dovhenke, 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the rebel stronghold of Slovyansk, were seen relaxing near the barricades or engaging in shooting drills.

Vladislav Seleznev, the spokesman for Ukraine's operation in the east, said rebel forces attacked a Ukrainian base north of Slovyansk late Monday but there had been no fighting overnight.

But at another government-controlled checkpoint just outside of Slovyansk, troops said they had come under sniper attack Tuesday morning.

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joeboken08 June 24 2014 at 8:11 AM

I wonder how Fake News will spin this. Thank you Mr. President for keeping your cool under immense pressure and showing your detractors, namely John McCain and Dick Cheney, that there is more than one way to skin a cat. I can get used to this new tactic. All without the U.S. firing a single shot, amazing. Sanctions do indeed work.

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sparrca June 24 2014 at 7:58 AM

Looks like President Obama knows what
he is doing.
No need for guns and war, just hit the
upper elite where it really hurts -
The Wallet.........

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waltervlod June 24 2014 at 9:00 AM

Once again, Count Vlad the Put is puttin it to the west again.
Hmmm...let's see,.. Put is asking parliament to void his resolution of military force force against the Ukes but meanwhile stepping up his miltary & placing it on special alert.

And here's a twist:
Putin says that he has no control over the tens of thousands of the rebels but meanwhile, as if some sort of magic, they all concurred to his cease fire request unanimously.
LOL...what a riot!

He's playing the West. Notice how he's avouiding sanctions and how the Russian stock market rose. When he gets to a point where he sees that sanctions are no longer a liability, he will pursue his course.

He can ask the parliament to re-instate his original request to use military force & they could vote on that within the hour.

One needs to understand one thing:
Putin is a form of Pinocchio.
Everytime he speaks and acts his wooden nose gets longer and longer. At the rate he's going, the world would never run out of lumber

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jnjbeery waltervlod June 24 2014 at 12:58 PM

And of course you don't think Obama's does, Obama's nose would be several miles long from all the lies he has told.

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USS Titanic June 24 2014 at 8:34 AM

America has become a useless Ally...

It is afraid to use its military....it cannot contain its own borders...Its own Government cannot or is unwilling to follow its own constitution...

It is a Paper tiger...

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Stryyder56 June 24 2014 at 8:57 AM

Sure now that he started this mess he wants to wash his hands. He is still orchestrating this one. Now he wants to be the hero to the rescue of a problem HE created.......what fools.

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vladswim Stryyder56 June 24 2014 at 3:59 PM

Yes it was Putin who overthrew the pro-Russian president and encouraged a fascist anti-Russian regime in Ukraine. It was Putin who ordered military personnel to use helicopters, jets, and other military forces to shell eastern Ukrainian cities full of innocent men, women, and children.

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sandinbox vladswim June 24 2014 at 9:12 PM

Wasn't ot Putin that invaded and annexed Crimea? Wasn't it Putin's man in Ukraine who shot maidan protesters. Wasn't it Putin that armed pro-russians and sent in Russian nationalist to run the operation in eastern Ukraine. wasn't it Putin that supplied them with arms and other nec. supplies. He's a lying dog...he will lie low for a while and if Ukraine doesn't do what he wants them to do he'll deceitfully invade. Is he gonna give Crimea back to Ukraine? Is he gonna pay for it? How can he get away with annexing a sovereign country? No other country has done that in the 21st. century. There are international laws against what he did. If Nato and the Europeans had any balls they would have blown him to pieces. Don't worry American will end up fighting him yet...the dictator scum.No one in the world will ever trust him or Russia again. They've lost all credibility with this one. This is how you treat your neighbors , yur brothers and sisters? I'd hate to see what he'd do t

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vladswim vladswim June 25 2014 at 3:35 AM

Sand, I believe the Maidan sniper shootings should be fully investigated, you might be surprised to who the evidence will lead to. And in case of Crimea, I give blessings to Putin for sending in troops to protect Russian people. God only knows how bad this situation would have been if Kiev started shelling Crimea too.

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r4249622 June 24 2014 at 8:46 AM

Remember it was just a couple weeks ago that the right wing nuts and Republican teabags that said we should line our troops up on the border, show our manhood, kill more young Americans for nothing. Instead, once again Obama's cool presence will alllow this regional conflict to work itself out.

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sparrca June 24 2014 at 7:56 AM


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YourFtr June 24 2014 at 2:42 PM

Obama told Putin "You should just write a dictator decree and sign it; just like I do in the Oval Office....!??"

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sacrit_ru June 24 2014 at 8:45 AM

Obama has nothing to do with it. Step 1: Russia stops supplying gas to Ukrain. Step 2: Poroshenko suspends killing civilians in Donbass. Step 3: Putin states there will be no invasion by Russians. Step 4: ?

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stu0605 sacrit_ru June 24 2014 at 11:23 AM

Your'e right Obama has nothing to do with it. He never has. It is not our fight. Not our Country and those of you that have been O bashing should STFU because if he did send troops you would complain anyway. He did the right thing and kept us on the sidelines.

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vladswim stu0605 June 24 2014 at 4:07 PM

I read these uneducated American comments and I think to myself, does America really have that many people who are unaware of what their government is doing to them and other people around the world.

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sandinbox sacrit_ru June 24 2014 at 9:21 PM

sacrit ru...Who's killing civilians in Ukraine? IThey were killing russian, chechan invaders. Stop your lies....we all know better...Putin is a danger to all of Europe and the world. Russian are a bunch of stupid robots who can't think for themselves that's why they need a dictator to rule them. That's what they're used to from czars to communist and now a fascist dictator.

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pwbailey1950 June 24 2014 at 8:14 AM

Well people, maybe I was wrong. The separatists are not as stupid as I have repeatedly said they were. However, it remains to be seen how long this cease-fire will last.

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Welcome Justin pwbailey1950 June 24 2014 at 10:33 AM

It will last as long as it takes the Ukrainians to rearm and reinforce their troops, then back to slaughtering civilians they will go !

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sandinbox Welcome Justin June 24 2014 at 9:24 PM

Welcom Justin. you're a lying paid Putin trolls. Yea what are they gonna rearm with bats. If you knew anything about Ukraine you'd know they have to share one rifle between 10 people. Please stop lying...the only ones with arms are the Russian, chechan invaders supplied by Putin.

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