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UPDATE: Russia parliament approves use of military in Ukraine

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KIEV, UKRAINE (AP) -- Russian parliament allows Russian President Putin to use military in Ukraine.

Putin says the move is needed to protect ethnic Russians and the personnel of a Russian military base in Ukraine's strategic region of Crimea.

Pro-Russian demonstrations have broken out in major cities in eastern and southern Ukraine.

Demonstrators raised the Russian flag Saturday over Kharkhiv city hall after a demonstration turned violent.  Russia supporters clashed with backers of the Ukrainian government who were guarding the building.  Government supporters were left beaten and bloodied.

Ukrainian and television news wires reported pro-Russians demonstrations in Donetsk and Odessa.  All three cities have large Russian-speaking populations.

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