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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'We will never recognise Russia's occupation of Crimea'

US Vice President Joe Biden today warned Russia that the US would "never recognise" its occupation of Crimea.

US Vice President Joe Biden issued a warning to Russia today Credit: RTV

Speaking on a visit to Kiev, he said: "No nation has the right to simply grab land from another nation.

"No nation has that right and we will never recognise Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea and neither will the world."

Following the press conference, the Pentagon announced that it will send around 600 US troops to Poland and the three Baltic states, in a bid to reassure the NATO allies.

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