Russia's Federation Council on Saturday unanimously satisfied a request from President Vladimir Putin to use Russian armed forces in Ukraine.

An upper house resolution satisfying Putin's request took effect the moment it was passed, according to Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko.

Putin seeks parliamentary go-ahead for use of Russian armed forces in Crimea>>>

President Vladimir Putin on Saturday asked the upper house of Russia's parliament for permission to activate Russian armed forces stationed in Crimea, the Kremlin said in a statement.

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