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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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Poroshenko: Russian troops brought into Ukraine

Petro Poroshenko said the Russian military had Credit: PA

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has said Russian troops have been brought into the country.

Poroshenko has called an urgent meeting of the country's security and defence council to "decide next steps", the Ukraine presidential website stated.

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