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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 accuses Russia of 'direct and open aggression'

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has accused Russia of launching a "direct and open aggression" against Ukraine.

He added there would be "high-level personnel changes" within the Ukrainian armed forces in light of the events of the past few days.

This is in spite of ceasefire negotiation talks due to take place later today.

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