NATO: No sign of Russian troops leaving Ukraine border

NATO has seen no sign that tens of thousands of Russian troops are withdrawing from close to the Ukraine border, despite a Russian statement that the troops had returned to their permanent positions, a NATO official said.

Pro-Russian separatists seized a government building in Luhansk. Credit: Reuters

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu told US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel in a phone call on Monday that Russian forces, which started drills near the border last week, had returned to their permanent positions, according to the Russian government.

"We continue to urge Russia to abide by the Geneva agreement and to pull back all its troops along the Ukrainian border in favour of diplomacy and dialogue," a NATO official said.

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