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Vladmir Putin proposes use of Russian armed forces in Ukraine

Saturday, 1 March 2014 - 7:46pm IST | Agency: 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 normalisation of the socio-political situation in the that country," the statement said.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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