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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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Fifteen civilians killed as battle for Donetsk rages on

Fifteen civilians were killed after Donetsk came under more heavy shelling today, according to city authorities.

A car on fire in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine Credit: APTN

People ran for shelter after shells fell on a market area of the eastern Ukrainian city. Emergency services rushed to carry away the casualties and out out fires in apartment buildings and cars.

A balcony and windows blown out by shelling at an apartment block in Donetsk Credit: Reuters

Some apartment buildings showed signs of extensive damage from two weeks of shelling as Ukrainian forces try to wrest the city from the grip of pro-Russia rebels.

Damage to an apartment building Credit: Reuters

Local media agencies also distributed footage purporting to show civilians killed by shelling in the streets.

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