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Published: Saturday March 1, 2014 MYT 11:40:01 PM
Updated: Saturday March 1, 2014 MYT 11:40:57 PM

Russian upper house approves use of troops on Ukrainian soil

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's upper house of parliament on Saturday approved a proposal by President Vladimir Putin to deploy Russian armed forces in Ukraine's Crimea region.

The Federation Council voted overwhelmingly to back a proposal to use "the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine until the normalisation of the socio-political situation in that country."

It said the decision took effect immediately.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

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