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Putin judo partner among Russians hit by sanctions

Three long-time Putin associates are among the list of individuals who have been hit with new European Union sanctions, including Putin's former judo partner Arkady Rotenberg.

Eight Russians, and companies including Russian National Commercial Bank were targeted with the new sanctions.

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US to send £4m in aid to eastern Ukraine

US vice president Joe Biden told Ukrainian prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk on that the United States would provide almost $7m (£4.1m) in reconstruction aid to parts of eastern Ukraine, including $1m (£0.6m) in new support, the White House said.

The aid includes contributions to the Red Cross and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for medical aid, access to drinking water, and small rebuilding projects, the WhiteHouse said.

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