An armed pro-Russian fighter watches through binoculars on May 7, 2014 in the eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk. AFP PHOTO / VASILY MAXIMOV
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In a Moscow meeting with Swiss president Didier Burkhalter, Putin said the Russian troops have been pulled back to their training grounds and locations for "regular exercises," but didn't specify whether those locations were in areas near Ukraine.Putin also called on Ukraine's military to halt all operations against pro-Russia activists who have seized government buildings and police stations in at least a dozen towns in eastern Ukraine.Ukraine launched a government offensive late last week to take back buildings and towns under control of the insurgents. The Russian leader still repeated Russia's long-held stance that constitutional reforms must precede any nationwide vote in Ukraine.
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