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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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Ambassador to UK: Ukraine will cope with this crisis

Ukraine's Ambassador to the UK has accused Russia of "direct and open involvement" in the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Ambassador Andrii Kuzmenko assured ITV News that "Ukraine will cope with this crisis" but added that "military technical" and "financial" assistance were needed.

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