Russian parliament approves use of troops in Crimea

President Vladimir Putin received permission from Russia’s upper house of parliament Saturday to send troops to Crimea, responding to what he called a threat to Russian lives. The request was made and granted after what appeared to be a highly orchestrated series of assertions that were disputed by knowledgeable Ukrainians, the CNN reported.

The rapidly unfolding chain of events began Saturday morning after Crimean Prime Minister Serhiy Aksyonov asked Russia for help to ensure “peace and tranquility,” saying that the government in Kiev was unable to keep order and citing the armed men in uniform who have been appearing on Crimean roads and installations.

Then the Russian Foreign Ministry asserted that “unidentified gunmen directed from Kiev” had tried to capture the Crimean Interior Ministry headquarters overnight.

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