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The Kyiv Ukraine Temple. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has removed 23 missionaries in the Dnepropetrovsk Mission from the Crimean peninsula due to civil unrest, a church spokesman said Saturday.

SALT LAKE CITY — Due to civil unrest in Ukraine, 23 missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Dnepropetrovsk Mission have been removed from the Crimean peninsula.

The missionaries have been transferred “to other areas as a precautionary measure,” church spokesman Cody Craynor said Saturday.

CNN reports that Russia’s upper house of Parliament voted unanimously Saturday to approve sending Russian military forces into Ukraine “amid mounting tensions in the country’s Crimea region and in defiance of warnings from Western powers.”

Ukraine's new government condemned the move.

"We perceive Russia's actions as direct aggression towards the sovereignty of Ukraine," said acting President Oleksandr Turchynov on the Twitter account of his Fatherland party.

— Marjorie Cortez