Ukraine Conflict: Vladimir Putin Said He Hopes Russia Won’t Have To Use Force In Ukraine

Source: The Huffington Post

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow reserves the right to use all means to protect Russians in Ukraine, but hopes Russia won’t have to use force.

“If I decide to use armed forces it will be in line with international law,” Putin said.

During a news conference on Tuesday, Putin described the recent turmoil in Ukraine as an anti-constitutional coup, and said that while the Ukrainian parliament was legitimate, acting President Olexander Turchynov was not.

Putin also noted that if Ukraine holds new elections, the results will not be acknowledged by Russia.

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