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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 forces prepare to defend city of Mariupol

Separatist forces in Ukraine have gained a foothold on the Azov Sea and aim to fight their way down the coast to the Ukrainian port city of Mariupo Credit: Google Maps

Ukrainian forces have regrouped for the defence of the coastal city of Mariupol and have enough troops to stop the city being seized by enemy forces, a Ukrainian military spokesman has said.

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