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A "significant" number of Russian troops have now withdrawn from Ukraine, a Nato spokesman said.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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Easter truce holds as Russian troops mass near border

A Ukrainian Orthodox priest sprays holy water before an Easter service in Slaviansk. Credit: Reuters

Ukraine's foreign ministry has said that the 'anti-terror operation' against pro-Russian separatists has been put on hold over Easter.

The SBU, Ukraine's state security service said the suspension was "linked to the implementation of the Geneva agreement and the Easter holidays".

Earlier a Kremlin spokesman said that military forces near the border with Ukraine were deployed there in response to regional "instability."

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