Putin cancels Ukraine force request

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President Vladimir Putin has asked Moscow’s parliament to cancel a resolution sanctioning the use of military force in Ukraine, according to Russian news agencies. The president’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said Mr Putin had written to the head of Russia’s upper house of parliament asking that his March 1 request for approval of the use of force be withdrawn, the agencies reported. Mr Putin issued the request to parliament after Ukraine’s pro-Russian president was ousted in February following months of street protests. In March, Ukraine’s Black Sea region of Crimea was annexed by Russia with the help of troops, which Mr Putin later admitted were Russian army forces. The move comes as rebel…

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