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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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Video purportedly shows captured Russian paratroopers

Ukraine security officials have released a video they claim shows captured Russian paratroopers. Credit: RTV

Ukraine security officials have released a video they claim shows Russian paratroopers that were captured after crossing the border.

The men all wear camouflage fatigues in the footage. Credit: RTV

One of the men, who identified himself as Ivan Milchakov, said, "I did not see where we crossed the border. They just told us we were going on a 70 km (45-mile) march over three days."

The video was posted on the official Facebook page of the Ukrainian government's 'anti-terrorist operation'. Credit: RTV

"Everything is different here, not like they show it on television. We've come as cannon fodder," he said in the video.

A military source told Russian news agencies that a group of soldiers had crossed the border by accident. Credit: RTV

Another man in the footage, who gave his name as Sergeant Andrei Generalov, reportedly said, "Stop sending in our boys. Why? This is not our war."

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