Russia has right to move forces at home the way it likes, Kremlin says after call with Merkel

A militant of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic walks in a trench at frontline positions in Luhansk Region

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has a right to move its military forces around its territory the way it likes, a Kremlin spokesman said on Friday, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Vladimir Putin to pull back the build-up near the border with Ukraine.

Dmitry Peskov also told a daily conference call with reporters that the situation in eastern Ukraine was "very unstable... creating risks of full-scale combat operations."

(Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Alex Richardson)