Thursday 18 December 2014

Putin proposes to send Russian armed forces to Ukraine

Published 01/03/2014 | 14:30

Armed servicemen wait near Russian army vehicles outside a Ukranian border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava March 1, 2014. Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of sending thousands of extra troops to Crimea and placed its military in the area on high alert as the Black Sea peninsula appeared to slip beyond Kiev's control. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)
Armed servicemen wait near Russian army vehicles outside a Ukranian border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava March 1, 2014. Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of sending thousands of extra troops to Crimea and placed its military in the area on high alert as the Black Sea peninsula appeared to slip beyond Kiev's control. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Armed servicemen wait near Russian army vehicles outside a Ukrainian border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava March 1, 2014. Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of sending thousands of extra troops to Crimea and placed its military in the area on high alert as the Black Sea peninsula appeared to slip beyond Kiev's control. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Armed servicemen wait near Russian army vehicles outside a Ukrainian border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava March 1, 2014. Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of sending thousands of extra troops to Crimea and placed its military in the area on high alert as the Black Sea peninsula appeared to slip beyond Kiev's control. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
People march with a giant Russian flag on the streets in Simferopol, Crimea March 1, 2014. 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. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
People march on the streets with Russian flags in Simferopol, Crimea March 1, 2014. 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. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
An armed servicemen patrols near Russian army vehicles outside a Ukrainian border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava March 1, 2014. Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of sending thousands of extra troops to Crimea and placed its military in the area on high alert as the Black Sea peninsula appeared to slip beyond Kiev's control. The billboard reads, "Borders of the State are sacred and inviolable." REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Armed servicemen wait near Russian army vehicles outside a Ukranian border guard post in the Crimean town of Balaclava March 1, 2014. Ukraine accused Russia on Saturday of sending thousands of extra troops to Crimea and placed its military in the area on high alert as the Black Sea peninsula appeared to slip beyond Kiev's control. The billboard reads, "Borders of the State are sacred and inviolable." REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Ukrainian police secure the entrance of a seized local government building in Simferopol, Crimea, bearing a Russian flag (AP)
Yuriy Ilyin between Vladimir Putin and Viktor Yanukovych
An armed man stands guard at the airport in Simferopol, Crimea. Reuters
Armed men patrol at the airport in Simferopol, Crimea. Reuters
Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich takes part in a news conference
Russian armored personnel carriers and a truck are parked on the side of the road near the town of Bakhchisarai, Ukraine. AP
A woman walks past armed men at the Simferopol airport in the Crimea region. Reuters
Anti-Yanukovych protesters sing Ukraine's national anthem in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicentre of the country's current unrest (AP)
Ukraine's internal divisions

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.

Earlier in the day, Russia's lower house of parliament asked Putin to use "to take measures to stabilise the situation in Crimea and use all available means to protect the people of Crimea from tyranny and violence".

In a separate statement, the Kremlin said Putin has also named Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin as his official representative to oversee the proposal in the upper house of parliament, the Federation Council.

Reuters

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