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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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Ukraine and Russia agree to share information at border

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has said that an agreement was reached to begin consultations between Russian and Ukrainian border guards.

He also said a plan will be prepared to achieve a ceasefire as soon as possible.

It follows one-to-one talks between President Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

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