The Russian president, Vladimir Putin
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Russia's President Putin dismisses war with Ukraine

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has dismissed any likelihood of a war with Ukraine, describing it as an "apocalyptic scenario".

Speaking on Russian television, Mr Putin denied that Russian troops were involved in the conflict but he stressed his support for the recent Minsk ceasefire deal as the best way to stabilise eastern Ukraine.

It is still not clear when both sides will start pulling back their heavy artillery - one of the terms of the agreement.

Lucas de Jong reports.

  • 24 Feb 2015
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