Russia's parliament revokes the right it granted President Vladimir Putin to order a military intervention in Ukraine, a move Putin requested. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
In a bid to end the violence, the Russian Senate Wednesday revoked President Vladimir Putin's right to order a military intervention in Ukraine - a move Putin had requested. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the move, and Russia's senate speaker says it signals the desire for peace. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIA'S FEDERATION COUNCIL SPEAKER VALENTINA MATVIYENKO, SAYING: "It seems to me that this is yet another convincing confirmation of Russia's policy towards a peaceful resolution and a settlement in the southeast (Ukraine). That's why Federation Council members have supported this proposal and voted for it. By doing that, we by our deeds rather than by words. showed that Russia is ready to keep providing all necessary assistance to the peaceful negotiations process." Ukraine's Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin welcomes the vote. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UKRAINE FOREIGN MINISTER PAVLO KLIMKIN SAYING: "Now we have a positive step, but we need other positive steps also, like support of the comprehensive peaceful plan by the president, by Russia, and we need of course effective control at the border." Western powers have accused Russia of allowing pro-Russian fighters to cross into eastern Ukraine to confront government forces, and have threatened to toughen existing sanctions if Moscow does not do more to end the conflict.