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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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Ukrainian President: Conflict is difficult but controllable

The situation in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine is difficult but controllable, the country's President has said according to the Interfax news agency.

President Petro Poroshenko also said that Russian and Ukrainian military officials have held their first consultations on the crisis.

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