Russia’s parliament has agreed a request from President Vladimir Putin to use the country’s military forces outside the country.
The request was a move which could allow a broader attack on Ukraine, reporters says.
Mr Putin made his request in a letter to the upper house of parliament to formalise any Russian military deployment.
The move was quickly rubber-stamped later on Tuesday, February 22.
This is coming after tanks were sent into the breakaway Ukrainian regions of Donetsk and the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic.
The invasion is coming after Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the regions in a televised address.
The UK Government has declared that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has begun with tanks and troops sent into the east of the country overnight.
Military vehicles were seen rolling into the breakaway regions of Donetsk and the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic following a fiery speech from Vladimir Putin.