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Russia says EU 'against peace' as US backs new sanctions

The Russian Foreign Ministry said the European Union has "made its choice against" a peace process in Ukraine by approving tougher sanctions against Russia.

President Barack Obama said the United States will join the EU in imposing sanctions on Russia's financial, energy and defence sectors after Moscow sent troops into eastern Ukraine last month.

David Cameron has spoken to European leaders and agreed to push ahead with the sanctions by the end of the week, his spokesman has confirmed.

After the announcement the Russian rouble reached a new historic low against the dollar.

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Russia to send second aid convoy to Ukraine

Russia will send a second aid convoy to eastern Ukraine "in the coming days", foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Russia sent aid convoys into Ukraine without permission last week, prompting international criticism. Credit: Reuters

"The humanitarian situation is not improving but deteriorating," Lavrov told a news conference.

"We want to reach an agreement on all conditions for delivering a second convoy by the same route... in the coming days."

International leaders condemned Russia's decision to authorise a convoy of lorries carrying aid to cross the Ukrainian border without permission.

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