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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: Captured Russian soldiers 'on special mission'

Ukraine has said Russian soldiers captured after crossing the border were on a "special mission," contradicting a Russian defence ministry source's claim that it was accidental, Reuters reported.

"This wasn't a mistake, but a special mission they were carrying out," Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said.

Lysenko also claimed that pro-Russian separatists were attacking the southeastern border town of Novoazovsk "at this very minute."

He added that 12 Ukrainian service members had been killed during fighting in the past 24 hours.

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