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Members of the Russian Federation Council said that their nation’s troops are needed to protect the safety of millions of ethnic Russians in Ukraine and that the soldiers should stay until “the constitutional order is restored in Ukraine,” which hints at a possible Russian attempt to return to power Viktor Yanukovych, ousted as Ukraine’s president on Feb. 22, or install another Kremlin-friendly leader. 

Despite the strong Kremlin rhetoric, there is no evidence that ethnic Russians are in any danger in Ukraine more than anybody else.

Federation Council members heaped scorn on the EuroMaidan Revolution that ousted Yanukovych, condemning the activists as fascists, anti-Semites and neo-Nazis, and said that the Western-financed Ukrainian uprising needed to be stopped before it spread to Russia. There was, of course, no mention among Moscow officials of Yanukovych’s alleged complicity in the deaths of nearly 100 EuroMaidan protesters in the last month as well as his administration’s increasingly well-documented corrupt rule.

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