Ukraine PM: Keep sanctions on Russia until territory regained

Ukraine's prime minister has urged the world not to lift sanctions against Russia until his country regains control over its entire territory, including Crimea.

A "significant" number of Russian troops have now withdrawn from Ukraine, a Nato spokesman said.

Lieutenant-Colonel Jay Janzen told Reuters: "There has been a significant pullback of Russian conventional forces from inside Ukraine, but many thousands are still deployed in the vicinity of the border."

It comes after the two countries agreed a ceasefire deal earlier this month.

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Nato images reveal Russian forces on Ukraine border

Probable Airborne or Spetsnaz Special Forces Brigade at Yeysk Credit: Digital Globe

Nato headquarters in Belgium have released a series of satellite images that appear to show almost 40,000 troops near the Ukrainian border.

The images, from satellite mapping company DigitalGlobe, show lines of tanks, artillery, helicopters and fighter jets that Nato claims could be deployed across the border in a "matter of hours."

A Russian artillery battalion near Novocherkassk Credit: Digital Globe

Brigadier Gary Deakin, told reporters at Nato's Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe that Russia's latest troop build up could have a "destablising effect" on the region and present "serious implications" for Ukraine's security.

Su-27/30 fighter jets and three attack helicopters at Primorko-Akhtarsk Air Base Credit: Digital Globe

However, an official in the Russian military general staff said on Thursday that the Nato photographs were taken during an exercise in August 2013, state-run news agency RIA reported.

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