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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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'Direct invasion' of Ukraine by Russian military

Ukraine's envoy to European security body the OSCE said regular Russian forces had seized the south-eastern city of Novoazovsk, but his Russian counterpart said no Russian forces were crossing the border.

Ihor Prokopchuk, Ukraine's representative to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, told reporters that "what we registered is a direct invasion of the Russian military into the eastern regions of Ukraine". He said Ukraine viewed it as an "act of aggression".

Ukraine has reported Russian army 'movements' across the border. Credit: RTV

Russian Ambassador Andrey Kelin separately told reporters during an extraordinary meeting of the OSCE: "No Russian forces are crossing in any point the border of Ukraine."

A Reuters reporter today saw a column of armoured vehicles and soldiers near a Russian village about two miles from the border with Ukraine.

The reporter said the column was driving away from the border and consisted of two armoured personnel carriers, six military trucks and one military excavator.

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