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A "significant" number of Russian troops have now withdrawn from Ukraine, a Nato spokesman said.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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US 'does not anticipate breakthrough' over Ukraine

Washington does not anticipate a breakthrough with Russia over the Ukraine crisis at tomorrow's Geneva conference, Reuters reported, citing unnamed US officials.

The officials said it was reasonable to assume that more sanctions would be imposed against Russia if there was no progress at the meeting.

Ukrainian soldiers standing on a combat vehicle try to negotiate with pro-Russian protesters in Kramatorsk. Credit: REUTERS/Marko Djurica

They believe Russian President Vladimir Putin envisions a federalist Ukraine that would allow Moscow to veto its decisions.

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