Putin: Ukraine Is Unlawful

    A woman holds a board displaying a portrait of Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a procession in central Moscow, March 2, 2014. People gathered on Sunday to support the people of Crimea and Ukraine including Russian speakers, and to protest against the policies conducted by Ukraine's new authorities recently elected in Kiev, according to organizers. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3FWJ9

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    Speaking to a small group of reporters Tuesday, Vladimir Putin said Russia was well within its rights to apply military force in Ukraine. “If I decide to use armed forces, it will be in line with international law.” Putin claimed the ousted Viktor Yanukovych was the “only one legitimate president” of Ukraine and said Russia is harboring him. Putin called the new government in Kiev illegitimate. “My assessment is that it’s an unconstitutional overthrow and an armed seizure of power. No one has challenged that,” he said. He dismissed the West's support for Ukraine, claiming its policy was like “experimenting with rats.”

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