Russian parliament approves use of troops in Ukraine

By Kathy Lally, Will Englund, William Booth, March 1, 2014

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin received permission from Russia’s upper house of parliament Saturday to send troops to Ukraine, 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.

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