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: Russian tanks attack near Luhansk

Russian tanks have attacked the town of Novosvitlivka near Luhansk, "destroying virtually every house," Ukraine's military spokesperson Andriy Lysenko said.

Ukraine's military said its forces had pulled out of areas to the east of the border-area city of Luhansk under pressure from Russian-backed rebels.

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