Russian Parliament Grants Putin Permission to Invade Ukraine

Russia has taken the first official steps towards military intervention in Ukraine Saturday with the parliament granting President Vladimir Putin permission to invade the neighboring country, the Associated Press reports. At the same time, the governing body ordered Russia’s ambassador to the United States recalled from Washington.

The latest moves from the Russians come one day after President Barack Obama issued a harsh warning to them not to get involved militarily in Ukraine. “Any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destabilizing,” the president said, “which is not in the interests of Ukraine, Russia, or Europe.”

Before the unanimous vote in Russia to authorize force in the region of Crimea, Putin told them, “I’m submitting a request for using the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine pending the normalization of the socio-political situation in that country.”

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