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Demonstrators wave Russian flags, above, at a rally in central Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Saturday. The banner reads, "In Russia, we have brothers, In Europe, we are slaves."

The Russian parliament’s upper house unanimously approved President Vladimir Putin’s request for a military intervention in Ukraine, according to a Kremlin statement Saturday, deepening a crisis in which both sides accused each other of trying to destabilize the region.

Pro-Russian supporters rally hold up a giant Russian flag outside the Crimean parliament building on March 1, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. Crimea is a peninsula the size of Massachusetts where three out of four people speak Russian.Kommersant Photo / Getty Images
A family walks down the street holding a flag with the hammer and sickle, traditional communist symbols, on Saturday in Simferopol, the capital of Ukraine's Crimea region.Kommersant Photo / Getty Images