Russian Parliament Approves Putin's Ukraine Intervention Plan

By Ian Hoover- NBC33

Russian Parliament Approves Putin's Ukraine Intervention Plan

March 1, 2014 Updated Mar 1, 2014 at 1:35 PM EDT

MOSCOW, Rus. (NBC33) -- The Upper House of Russia's Parliament unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin's request for intervention in Ukraine, according to NBC News.

It didn't take long for the Upper House to approve intervention, with the approval coming only two hours after Vladimir Putin's appeal. Though, when the force could be used is unknown.

The Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia has said that that any force in Ukraine may not be used quickly and did not give a time frame for any military action.

This move only increases global tensions over the conflict in the Ukrainian Peninsula of Crimea, as western leaders have spoken out to encourage de-escalation in the Crimean region. Early this morning Ukraine accused Russia of sending 6,000 additional troops into Crimea to further destabilize the region.

This crisis has been ongoing due to Ukraine's revolution and ousting of their President, Viktor Yanukovych. Following the revolution and a new regime being installed in Kiev, protests began in the Crimea region over Crimea's recognition of the Revolution. Crimea is an autonomous republic that operates within Ukraine, under Ukrainian law and whose population is mostly ethnic Russians. The ethnic-Russian citizens of Crimea have come out against the revolution and do not want to recognize the new government.

Leaders in Crimea had been clashing over whether to recognize the new Government in Kiev, or to pursue greater autonomy. However, a new government in Crimea was voted in at gun point on Thursday according to NBC News, and has called for Russia to intervene.




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