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's PM: Putin trying to avoid Western sanctions

Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said that Russian President Vladimir Putin comments on establishing peace in Ukraine are an attempt to avoid new Western sanctions.

Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk. Credit: Maurizio Gambarini/DPA/Press Association Images

Yatsenyuk said Putin's real plan is to destroy Ukraine and restore the Soviet Union. He added that Russia has ignored or broken all previous peace deals, saying the only solution is for Moscow to pull all its forces from Ukraine.

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