US President Barack Obama has told his Russian counterpart that he needs to remove all "troops and equipment" from Ukrainian territory.
In a statement, the White House revealed Vladimir Putin phoned Obama for their first call since February, to discuss the Iran nuclear talks, the "increasingly dangerous situation in Syria", tackling Islamic State extremists and the situation in Ukraine.
Obama reportedly told Putin that Russia must live up to the terms of a ceasefire deal with the neighbouring country, "including the removal of all Russian troops and equipment from Ukrainian territory", the statement added.
European ministers have agreed to extend economic sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis until the end of January 2016, officials say.
US President Barack Obama has said "standing up to Russia aggression in Ukraine" will be among topics on the agenda at the G7 Summit.
He also listed the global economy, the future of the European Union, trade partnerships, combating extremism, and climate change as areas that will also be discussed.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind told ITV News he is "not particularly surprised" that he is among 89 European Union politicians and other senior figures who have been banned from entering Russia.
The former Foreign Secretary said President Putin has "that sort of little tantrum every so often."
I'm not particularly surprised, Mr Putin tends to go in for that sort of little tantrum every so often and they clearly are feeling that the sanctions are having an effect, they are realising that their economy will continue to be damaged unless they approach the Ukraine issue in a diplomatic way, rather than misuse of their military forces.
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The European Union and Ukraine have signed a 1.8 billion euro loan deal in an effort to help revive the country's economy.
It requires Ukraine to adopt a series of reforms including anti-corruption measures to remedy structural problems in its economy.
In the first quarter of 2015, Ukraine's economy contracted by nearly 18 percent from the previous year as the country struggled with the impact of unrest in the industrial heartland of the east.
US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia today to discuss the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Syria.
Kerry is reportedly planning to try to gauge Putin's willingness to push pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine to comply with the current fragile ceasefire and also to try and establish how supportive Russia are towards Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The US State department have described Kerry's trip to Sochi as part of an "ongoing effort to maintain direct lines of communication with senior Russian officials".
Kerry is also expected to lay a wreath at a World War II memorial during his visit before departing for a Nato meeting in Turkey later in the day.
Two Ukrainian servicemen have been killed and five have been wounded in the past 24 hours in Eastern Ukraine, according to military sources in Kiev.
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America has pledged an additional $17.7 million to provide the Ukrainian government with aid for essentials such as food, shelter and water.
Vice President Joe Biden spoke with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko about reform efforts in the country today.
A statement from the White House said: "The vice president welcomed the appointment of a new head of the anti-corruption bureau and encouraged the further implementation of rule of law reforms, including anti-trust measures and judicial reform."