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A "significant" number of Russian troops have now withdrawn from Ukraine, a Nato spokesman said.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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Putin approves Russian citizenship expansion plan

The Kremlin has approved plans to make it easier for Russian-speaking citizens of former Soviet states to become Russian citizens.

The move, which has been signed off by Vladimir Putin, will affect citizens of countries including Ukraine, Belarus and the Baltic states, along with countries in central Asia.

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