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US talking to European allies for more Russian sanctions

US Vice President Joe Biden has told Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko that the United States was working with European leaders on further sanctions on Russia, over the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine.

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Ukraine President will not attend World Cup

Petro Poroshenko will not be attending the World Cup. Credit: TT News Agency

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will not be appearing at the World Cup in Brazil following reports he may be due to meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin at the final.

A statement said Mr Poroshenko had received an invite from Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, but felt it was "impossible" to justify the visit "given the situation that is happening in Ukraine".

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