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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 forces and equipment 'deployed in Ukraine'

Separatists backed by Russian soldiers and using Russian military equipment have entered the town of Novoazovsk in south-eastern Ukraine, a pro-government militia fighter said.

"There is military equipment in Novoazovsk which came across the border two days ago from Russia. The equipment is carrying the flags of the DNR (Donetsk People's Republic) rebels but they are regular Russian forces, the Ukrainian fighter told Reuters.

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