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A "significant" number of Russian troops have now withdrawn from Ukraine, a Nato spokesman said.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 to bolster eastern European forces 'immediately'

Nato has decided to reinforce its forces in eastern Europe "immediately" as a result of the crisis in Ukraine, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said.

"You will see deployments at sea, in the air, on land to take place immediately, that means within days," Mr Rasmussen told a news conference.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaking to reporters at Nato headquarters in Brussels today Credit: Associated Press

The move means Nato fighter planes will fly more sorties over the Baltic region, with ships being sent to the Baltic sea and the eastern Mediterranean.

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