Russia defends military action in Ukraine

UKRAINE - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Russian troops that have streamed into Ukraine are protecting his country's citizens living there.

Lavrov said on Monday that it's necessary to use Russian troops in Ukraine "until the normalization of the political situation."

He told an opening session Monday of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva that Russia is committed to human rights and "military interventions on the pretext of civilian population produce the opposite effect."

Ukraine has accused Russia of a military invasion, and has called on Kremlin to withdraw its troops.

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