Russian troops poured into the Ukrainian region of Crimea on Saturday after Russia's Parliament voted unanimously to authorize military force in the country, NBC News reported. 6,000 more Russian troops arrived on Saturday along with weapons and ammunition, according to the Ukrainian defense minister. Russian President Vladimir Putin said intervention is needed to protect ethnic Russians and military personnel in the region. The Russian-speaking region of the Ukraine is home to the Russian Black Sea naval fleet and is politically and economically aligned with Russia.
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 Updated at 3:38 PM PDT