Sanctions imposed on Russia are having an affect on the economy according to Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary.
He said Russia's predicted economic growth for this year had gone from 2.5 per cent before sanctions to "roughly zero".
"It is having a cost on Russia it is having a disproportionate cost on the group of people that supports and sustains the Kremlin leadership," Mr Hammond said.
"I hope they will be urging a more considered response by the Russian leadership."
He also said the Government was due to announce a new set of sanctions against Vladimir Putin's government later today.
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Cloud and outbreaks of rain will ease away eastwards during the morning, clearing the east coast around midday with sunny spells developing.
Police and emergency services are attending the scene.
Rebel-held east remains at risk while the pumping station supplying the western part of the city is once again in operation.