Russian upper house authorizes Putin to use troops in Ukraine

Russia's Federation Council on Saturday unanimously satisfied a request from President Vladimir Putin to use Russian armed forces in Ukraine.

Russia's Federation Council on Saturday unanimously satisfied a request from President Vladimir Putin to use Russian armed forces in Ukraine.

An upper house resolution satisfying Putin's request took effect the moment it was passed, according to Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko.

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