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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Russian paratroopers 'captured in east Ukraine'

Ukraine's security service says its army has captured ten Russian paratroopers in the east of the country, the Agence France-Presse news agency reports.

The organisation said the servicemen were now being questioned as part of a criminal probe after being discovered on Ukrainian soil near the village of Dzerkalne, about 30 miles south-east of rebel stronghol Donetsk.

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