Putin says Russia has right to use force in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia reserves the right to use military force to protect compatriots living in Ukraine, but would do so only as a last resort.
Breaking his silence on events in Ukraine since massive pro-Europe protests forced out Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich, Putin skirted questions about Russian troops taking control of Ukraine’s Crimea region, saying the armed men who seized buildings there were local forces.
He also distanced himself from Yanukovich and said international retaliation against Russia over Ukraine would be counterproductive, warning that anyone imposing sanctions should think of the damage they would incur.

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(Photo: Alexei Nikolskiy/RIA Novosti/Reuters)

Putin says Russia has right to use force in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia reserves the right to use military force to protect compatriots living in Ukraine, but would do so only as a last resort.

Breaking his silence on events in Ukraine since massive pro-Europe protests forced out Russian-backed President Viktor Yanukovich, Putin skirted questions about Russian troops taking control of Ukraine’s Crimea region, saying the armed men who seized buildings there were local forces.

He also distanced himself from Yanukovich and said international retaliation against Russia over Ukraine would be counterproductive, warning that anyone imposing sanctions should think of the damage they would incur.

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(Photo: Alexei Nikolskiy/RIA Novosti/Reuters)

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