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Russia invades Ukraine after Putin gets go-ahead

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the APEC leaders retreat meeting in Sydney, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007. 21 world leaders are attending the summit.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the APEC leaders retreat meeting in Sydney, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007. 21 world leaders are attending the summit. AAP Image - News Ltd Pool

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin demanded and won his parliament's approval at the weekend to invade Ukraine.

Putin's open assertion of the right to send troops to a country of 46 million people creates the biggest confrontation between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

Troops with no insignia on their uniforms but clearly Russian, some in vehicles with Russian number plates, have already seized Crimea, an isolated peninsula in the Black Sea where Moscow has a large military presence in the headquarters of its Black Sea Fleet.

Kiev's new authorities have been powerless to stop them.

US President Barack Obama told Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country is violating international law by sending troops into Ukraine.

The White House said Obama "expressed his deep concern over Russia's clear violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity."

The U.N. Security Council convenes to discuss the developing crisis in Ukraine, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in the United Nations headquarters. Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests in Ukraine.
The U.N. Security Council convenes to discuss the developing crisis in Ukraine, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in the United Nations headquarters. Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests in Ukraine. AP Photo - John Minchillo

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