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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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Talk of ceasefire as forces close in on Ukrainian city

Fighting in Ukraine was one of the international crises to force its way into the discussions at the NATO summit in Newport.

There were more demands from NATO for Russia to pull back its troops, and plans for tougher sanctions, but no use of force.

Russia is still talking about a ceasefire. But in Ukraine itself pro-Russian forces are closing in on the key port city of Mariupol.

From there, ITV News Europe editor James Mates reports:

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