As the situation in Ukraine heats up, INN is deploying two full teams to Ukraine and Russia, moving Middle East expert KaRina Kammanpour from Turkey, where she had been reporting on what is shaping up to be a regional epidemic in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and other Syrian neighbors.
The network’s decision comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin asked parliament for permission to use the country’s military in Ukraine. The Kremlin announced the request on Saturday.
Putin said the move is needed to protect ethnic Russians and the personnel of a Russian military base in Ukraine’s strategic region of Crimea, according to reporting by the Associated Press.
“I’m submitting a request for using the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine pending the normalization of the socio-political situation in that country,” Putin said in a prepared statement released by the Kremlin within the hour.
He sent the request to the Russian legislature’s upper house, which has to approve the motion, according to the constitution.
In Crimea, the pro-Russian regional prime minister had earlier claimed control of the military and police there and asked Putin for help in keeping peace, sharpening the discord between the two Slavic neighbor countries.
Accompanying the INN team will be U.S. Sen. Brand Haul, (R-Rolling Green), who will host on-location show called “No.”