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A "significant" number of Russian troops have now withdrawn from Ukraine, a Nato spokesman said.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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Ukrainian military plane hit by gunfire over Slaviansk

A Ukrainian military plane has been hit by gunfire over the eastern city of Slaviansk today.

A Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-27 jet fighter flies above Slaviansk on 16 April Credit: Reuters

The aircraft was on a reconnaissance flight over the city, which has been taken over by armed pro-Russian separatists, the Defence Ministry said.

Several bullets struck the Antonov An-30 turboprop spotter plane but it was able to land safely, the ministry said in a statement.

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