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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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Shelling reported in east Ukrainian city of Donetsk

A day before talks between Kiev and the separatists on a possible ceasefire, Reuters reported shelling of the rebel stronghold of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine that killed at least one woman and blew huge holes in residential buildings.

Shelling reported in east Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Credit: Google maps

Pools of blood were seen in debris from damaged apartment blocks in the northern part of the city, Reuters reported. At least five buildings had been hit, including a church, and their windows had been blown out.

Walls had been strafed by shrapnel. Local residents covered a dead women, who was dressed in a bright pink shirt, with a piece of metal. Observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe rights and security group were surveying the scene.

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