- This just in March 1
The Russian parliament approved President Vladimir Putin's request to utilize military force in Crimea, a disputed peninsula in Ukraine. Newly appointed Crimean Prime Minister Serhiy Aksyonov had appealed to Russia for help, citing the appearance on Friday of troops at airports and along roadways, and suggesting there was dangerous instability in Ukraine following protests and the removal of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Ukraine's interim President Oleksandr Turchynov disputed that storyline, saying Russia's actions amounted to "direct aggression against the sovereignty of Ukraine."- -
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Is it now OK to have sex with animals?
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- After Ferguson: Stop deferring to the cops
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
- In Ferguson, Michael Brown lost his life — and America's police lost the benefit of the doubt
- Diagnosing the Home Alone burglars' injuries: A professional weighs in
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Saudi Arabia is trying to sabotage America's shale oil boom
- The lessons of Japan's latest recession
Subscribe to the Week