Thousands more Russian troops pushed into Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula, this weekend. Although Crimea is legally part of Ukraine, roughly 60 percent of the people are Russian, and with most Russians against the new government, the future of the region is largely unknown and undecided.
On Saturday, Russian lawmakers approved Russian President Vladimir Putin’s request to authorize the use of force in Ukraine. Russia reasons that their troops are in Crimea because of undefined threats against Russians in Ukraine.
In 1994, the United States and United Kingdom vowed to defend Ukraine if trouble should arise. The West continues to warn Russia against using force.
President Barack Obama spoke Friday, saying, “the United States will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in Ukraine.”