Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal to deploy the country’s armed forces in Crimea has been passed by a unanimous vote in Russia’s upper house of parliament.
Russia’s upper house of parliament will ask President Putin to recall Moscow’s
ambassador from the United States, the chamber’s speaker said on Saturday.
There are thought to be up to 15,000 Russian soldiers stationed in the republic.
Acting president of Ukraine, Oleksander Turchynov, has now called an emergency meeting of security chiefs.
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Obama Skips National Security Meeting on Russian Invasion of Ukraine
A Ukrainian official at the United Nations said an additional 15,000 Russian troops were streaming into Crimea after President Vladimir Putin received formal approval from the upper chamber of parliament to send forces into his neighbor.
Ukrainian military sources also told media outlets that two Russian anti-submarine warships had approached the coastline near Sevastopol, violating the two countries’ agreement on Russian naval base located there.
These moves came just hours after Obama said in the White House press briefing room Friday afternoon that “indeed, the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.”
Russian troops will remain deployed until the “political-social situation in the country is normalized,” the Kremlin said in a statement, according to RIA Novosti.
The troop approval from senators in the Federation Council is open-ended, letting Putin decide troop levels.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said today that Putin’s “imperialist aspirations are a throwback to the last century.”
“He’s violated the freedom of all Ukrainians, while betraying the Russian people and their 20-year international commitment to ‘respect the independence and sovereignty and existing borders of Ukraine’. History judges perpetrators of these actions poorly, as it does those who stand idly by,” McKeon said. “Our response should demonstrate the U.S. stands by its friends against bullies. We should do everything practical to help Ukraine turn back these invaders.”
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Putin ready to invade Ukraine; Kiev warns of war
(Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded and won his parliament’s approval on Saturday to invade Ukraine, where the new government warned of war, put its troops on high alert and appealed to NATO for help.
Putin’s open assertion of the right to send troops to a country of 46 million people on the ramparts of central Europe creates the biggest confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War.
Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, leading a government that took power after Moscow’s ally Viktor Yanukovich fled a week ago, said Russian military action “would be the beginning of war and the end of any relations between Ukraine and Russia“.
Acting President Oleksander Turchinov ordered troops to be placed on high combat alert. Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya said he had met European and U.S. officials and sent a request to NATO to “examine all possibilities to protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine”.