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Putin moves to send troops into Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin won the green light from parliament Saturday to send troops into Ukraine after a bloody three-month uprising swept pro-EU leaders to power while also sparking a pro-Kremlin backlash on the Crimean peninsula. 

Unidentified armed men patrol in front of the Crimean Parliament in Simferopol, on March 1, 2014

Ukraine's interim leaders immediately responded by both putting the army on heightened alert and voicing confidence that war will be averted because it would break the two neighbours' historic relations for good.

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