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US, Allies Discuss Sanctions on Russia Re; Ukraine

Putin asks Russian troops to help provide security. Russian President Vladimir Putin formally requested parliamentary approval to deploy military force in Ukraine. The request did not reveal the scale of forces to be sent. Russia already has thousands of troops in Crimea, where it has a large naval base in Sevastopol. He t said they would be deployed “until the normalization of the social-political situation in the country.” The request cited the “threat to the lives of Russian citizens” living in Crimea, as well as the personnel of the Black Sea Fleet, based in Sevastopol.

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