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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 hands back captured Russian paratroops

Ukraine has handed back Russian paratroops who were captured after crossing the border to Ukraine, Russian media report. Russian forced have returned a group of 63 detained Ukrainian troops who crossed into the Russian territory last week.

A group of Russian servicemen, who are detained by Ukrainian authorities. Credit: Reuters

Russian RIA news agency quoted Russian Major-General Alexei Ragozin as saying the paratroops had been handed back after "very difficult" negotiations.

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