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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 electricity firm imposes limits on Crimea supply

Ukraine's state electricity company has imposed limits on electricity supplies for Crimean consumers due to a "power crisis" on the mainland.

Ukrinterenergo also threatened to cut all supplies to the region if these quotas were breached.

Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in March, still depends on Ukraine for around 80% of its electricity supplies.

"If the limits are not adhered by the consumers of Crimea, the company will be forced to completely turn off supply lines to the peninsula," the firm said in a statement.

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