Russian Upper House Approves Use of Troops on Ukrainian Soil

Russian military stands guard in Ukraine / AP

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia's upper house of parliament on Saturday approved a proposal by President Vladimir Putin to deploy Russian armed forces in Ukraine's Crimea region.

The Federation Council voted overwhelmingly to back a proposal to use "the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine until the normalization of the socio-political situation in that country."

It said the decision took effect immediately.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly, Editing by Timothy Heritage)