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Russia's Upper House Approves Putin Request To Use Military In Ukraine

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The greenlight follows the Kremlin saying Saturday that Putin had asked the country's parliament to send military troops to Ukraine.

"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," Putin said in a statement publicized by the Kremlin.

A day earlier, in a hastily organized press conference, President Barack Obama warned that there would be a "cost" of Russian troops going into Crimean Ukraine.

Read the text of Putin's request here.