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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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Russian soldiers 'cross Ukrainian border in vehicles'

A group of Russian soldiers have crossed the Ukrainian border in armoured vehicles and entered the town of Amvrosiyivka, a Ukrainian military spokesman said.

The report comes amid talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko aimed at trying to end the five-month conflict between pro-Russian separatists and Ukraine.

Footage of four men, believed to be Russian paratroopers, saying they crossed the Ukrainian border "by accident" was released by the Ukrainian military yesterday.

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