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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: Million people displaced by Ukraine conflict

More than one million people have been displaced by the conflict in Ukraine, the UNHCR United Nations refugee agency said.

This includes:

  • 814,000 Ukrainians now in Russia with various forms of status
  • 260,000 and more displaced within Ukraine
  • The number doubled in the past three weeks

"It's safe to say you have over a million people now displaced as a result of the conflict, internally and externally together," Vincent Cochetel, director of the UNHCR's bureau for Europe, said.

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