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.
Young people look at pro-Russian armed men blocking access to the Ukrainian frontier guard base in Balaklava, a small city not far from Sevastopol, on March 1, 2014. Ukraine's border guard service said on Saturday that about 300 armed men were attempting to seize its main headquarters in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol under orders from Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.
Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 Updated at 3:38 PM PDT