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Putin gets House stamp on invading Ukraine

Moscow/KIEV, March 1
Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded and won his parliament's approval on Saturday to invade Ukraine, where his troops have apparently already seized the Crimea peninsula, spurning Western pleas for restraint.

Talk of confrontation or outright war spread rapidly across Ukraine, with pro-Moscow demonstrators raising the Russian flag above government buildings in several cities and anti-Russian politicians calling for mobilisation. Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk said Russian military intervention would lead to war and any relations with Moscow. He called for a political solution. Reuters

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