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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 hopes for 'progress in peace negotiations'

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expects to see progress toward peace in the east of the country in the coming days, he said.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko shakes hands with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy. Credit: Reuters

"We are waiting that in the very next days, starting from Monday, we can demonstrate the real progress in the peace negotiations," the president said after talks in Brussels.

"Why? Because we are too close to the border where from it would be no return to the peace plan."

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