Ukraine government and pro-Russian rebels agree peace plan

Ukraine's government and pro-Russian rebels have agreed a deal to strengthen a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine.

The deal includes creating a buffer zone to separate government troops and pro-Russian militants, withdrawing heavy weapons and foreign fighters and bans flights by military aircraft over the region.

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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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