Putin proposes to send Russian armed forces to Ukraine

MOSCOW Sat Mar 1, 2014 9:23am EST

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked the upper house of parliament to approve sending armed forces to Ukraine's Crimea region, the Kremlin said in a statement on Saturday.

"In connection with the extraordinary situation in Ukraine, the threat to the lives of citizens of the Russian Federation, our compatriots, and the personnel of the armed forces of the Russian Federation on Ukrainian territory (in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea) ... I submit a proposal on using the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine until the normalization of the socio-political situation in the that country," the statement said.

Earlier in the day, Russia's lower house of parliament asked Putin to use "to take measures to stabilize the situation in Crimea and use all available means to protect the people of Crimea from tyranny and violence".

In a separate statement, the Kremlin said Putin has also named Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin as his official representative to oversee the proposal in the upper house of parliament, the Federation Council.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly, Editing by Timothy Heritage and Kevin Liffey)

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Comments (4)
Mandoist wrote:
Comrade Putin apparently forgot to make his statement BEFORE SENDING IN HIS TROOPS. I bet he’s one of those drivers who moves into your lane, then uses the direction signals (blinkers).

Mar 01, 2014 9:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
DougAnderson wrote:
Come on. It’s been almost 70 years. Why don’t we use the cold war budget and finally nuke them?

Mar 01, 2014 9:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
MrBlue wrote:
Mr. Putin could have made things so much easier for the country of Russia. The Russian stock market is starting to lower and will continue. The United States and Europe is now angry and while they can’t do anything militarily they will begin to make Russia miserable. Russia didn’t want a missile shield in Europe, well now it will be built because the U.S. can’t trust Russia. Do you think the U.S. or other countries will work with Russia economically, not anymore because businesses will realize that Russia is not safe or trustworthy. Russia will no longer be welcomed at the G8. The U.S. has recently had to deal with Russia vetoing everything they do at the United Nations. Do you think that the U.S. and other countries are willing to work with Russia at all now? No! This isn’t going to be another cold war, instead it will be about making Russia economically obsolete and isolating it. The U.S. has bent over backward with Russia. I remember what Putin did in Syria, I remember what Putin did in Georgia, and the rest of the world does to. Putin is now asking if he can have troops……give me an freaking break! Putin is making up laws as he goes!

Mar 01, 2014 10:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
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