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A "significant" number of Russian troops have now withdrawn from Ukraine, a Nato spokesman said.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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Ukraine dialogue with separatists 'step in right direction'

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Kiev's offer of dialogue with separatists in the east is a "step in the right direction, albeit very belated."

(File image) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks yesterday. Credit: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko

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