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AKIPRESS.COM - Russia will not ignore a request to President Vladimir Putin from Prime Minister of Crimea Sergei Aksenov for help in restoring calm, the Kremlin said on March 1.
“Russia will not leave this request without attention,” a source in the Kremlin administration said on the question of all Russia's main news agencies after the plea from Aksenov.
Several hours ago, the Federation Council of Russia unanimously approved use of the Armed Forces in Ukraine until the socio-political situation in the country is normalized.
The Resolution of the Federation enters into force upon signature.
“Due to the extraordinary situation in Ukraine, threat to lives of the citizens of the Russian Federation, our compatriots, the personnel of the military contingent of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, deployed in accordance with an international agreement on the territory of Ukraine (Crimea), I ask the Federation Council to use the Armed Forces on the territory of Ukraine until normalization of the political situation in this country,” President Vladimir Putin said earlier.
The State Border Service of Ukraine reported Russian gunboats and cruiser Moskva are approaching to the Ukrainian ships derived in the sea on combat alert.
Meanwhile, the cities of Kharkiv, Donetsk, Odessa, Simferopol and Mariupol hold pro-Russian rallies. The protesters remove Ukrainian flags from the buildings and hoist the Russian ones instead.