Russian upper house approves use of troops on Ukrainian soil

MOSCOW, March 1 Sat Mar 1, 2014 10:27am EST

MOSCOW, March 1 (Reuters) - Russia's upper house of parliament on Saturday approved a proposal by President Vladimir Putin to deploy Russian armed forces in Ukraine's Crimea region.

The Federation Council voted overwhelmingly to back a proposal to use "the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine until the normalisation of the socio-political situation in that country."

It said the decision took effect immediately.