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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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UN: 260,000 people displaced inside Ukraine

The number of people who left their homes due to the fighting in Ukraine has nearly doubled in the past three weeks, the UN refugee agency said.

The agency said around 260,000 people have been displaced inside Ukraine due to the fighting.

A temporary tent camp has been set up for Ukrainian refugees outside Donetsk. Credit: Reuters

"In terms of the ongoing fighting, in Donetsk, Luhansk and south of Donetsk oblast (district), we (are) very concerned about the risk of further exodus," Vincent Cochetel, director of the UNHCR's bureau for Europe, told a news briefing in Geneva.

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