Ukraine

Vladimir Putin approved to use military force outside of Russia

It comes after Putin called for an end to Ukraine's efforts to join NATO and the recognition of Crimea as part of Russia.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been approved to use military force outside of the country by Russian legislators in a move that could indicate a broader attack on Ukraine.

Putin also called for the recognition of Crimea as part of Russia, a halt to weapons shipments to Ukraine and an end to Ukraine's efforts to join NATO.

It follows the movement of Russian troops into rebel-held areas of Eastern Ukraine following Putin's decision to recognise their independence.