Russian senators vote to use stabilizing military forces on Ukrainian territory.
The upper house of the Russian parliament has voted in favor of sending troops to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which would ensure peace and order in the region “until the socio-political situation in the country is stabilized.”
The debate in the Federation Council has revealed that Russian MPs are united on the issue, with many of them sharing concerns on the recent events in
The common notion was that since the power was seized in Ukraine ,
the situation has only been deteriorating with radical nationalists rapidly
coming to power and threatening the lives of those opposing their actions, most
notably the Russian citizens living in Kiev .
The developments follow an appeal by the Prime Minister of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, who requested that Russia to help cope with the crisis and ensure “peace and calm” in the region.
Crimeans began protesting after the new self-proclaimed government in
introduced a law
abolishing the use of other languages in official circumstances in Kiev .
More than half the Crimean population are Russian and use only this language in
their everyday life. The residents have announced they are going to hold a
referendum on March 30 to determine the fate of the Ukrainian autonomous
Putin on Saturday requested the Federation Council to use the Army for normalizing the socio-political situation in
in connection with the “extraordinary situation” there. The events in Ukraine
indicate there is a “threat to the lives of citizens of the Ukraine … and the personnel of the armed
forces of the Russian
on Ukrainian territory,” the Russian president said. Russian Federation
According to Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, the president has not yet made a decision on sending the troops to
Moreover, taking the decision to use the Armed Forces in Ukraine does not mean that it will be carried out immediately, Grigory Karasin, Putin’s official representative in the Federation Council, has said.
“The approval, which the president will receive, does not literally mean that this right will be used promptly,” Karasin said.
Russian citizens are among the victims of the turmoil gripping
the speaker of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, has said. In Ukraine Crimea,
there were Russian casualties during the storming of the local Interior
Ministry building by gunmen overnight, she added.
“During the attempts to seize the building of the Interior Ministry in
Crimea some were injured, there were victims
also, the people are being threatened, and in this situation they are naturally
voicing concerns for the security of their lives and families. This compelled
the government of Crimea to ask
for help,” Matvienko said. Russia
The speaker’s words coincided with the statement issued by Russian Federal Migration Service noting that some 143,000 Ukrainians have sought asylum in
The number represents a sharp rise in such requests, the authority said. Russia
The new Ukrainian authorities have been formed “under the dictate of Maidan” and “continue to use force in the forming of the decision-making structures,” Karasin said.
“We are particularly concerned with the situation in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, where, in accordance with the international treaty, the Black Sea Fleet is stationed; where 1.5 million Russian people live,” Putin’s representative stressed.
The Crimean population “resents” the attempts to seize local administration buildings and the threats thrown at regional authorities, and demands stability, he said.
At the same time, Karasin said he believes the international community and those states that backed the February 21 agreement between the opposition and the legitimate Ukrainian government “have the power” to influence the self-proclaimed
authorities to bring the situation back to “constitutional ways.” Kiev
The Russian Foreign Ministry also said that
is expecting that the international community will influence the
self-proclaimed Moscow regime to
normalize the situation in the country. Kiev