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A "significant" number of Russian troops have now withdrawn from Ukraine, a Nato spokesman said.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 may impose sanctions on Putin over Ukraine crisis

The US may impose sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin over the crisis in Ukraine, the State Department has said.

The US is considering imposing sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin over Ukraine Credit: Alexei Druzhinin/Photas/Tass/Press Association Images

Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US was considering the move, but it would not be taken soon.

The US has imposed visa bans and assets freezes on several Russian officials and lawmakers deemed to have been involved in Russia's annexation of the Crimea region from Ukraine. The US has also targeted businessmen with ties to Putin.

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