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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 rebels 'to call ceasefire if agreement reached'

Senior rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine have said they will order a ceasefire for 3pm local time (1pm UK time) providing an agreement is reached in Kiev at talks tomorrow, according to the ITAR-TASS news agency.

President Poroshenko has said he plans to call a ceasefire from 2pm local time if the talks in Minsk go ahead.

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