KIEV, Ukraine — 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
“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.
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