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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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Satellite images 'show Russian artillery inside Ukraine'

Nato has released satellite images that it says show Russian combat troops and "sophisticated heavy weaponry" inside Ukraine.

Satellite image purporting to show Russian military units moving in a convoy near Krasnodon, Ukraine Credit: Nato/Digital Globe

The images were taken in late August and reportedly show "self-propelled artillery" moving in convoy and establishing firing positions near the city of Krasnodon in eastern Ukraine.

Satellite image purporting to show Russian self-propelled artillery units set up in firing positions Credit: Nato/Digital Globe

In a statement, Nato said the images provide "concrete examples of Russian activity inside Ukraine" but represent "only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the overall scope of Russian troop and weapons movements".

Satellite image purporting to show six Russian self-propelled guns in Russia around four miles south of the Ukraine border Credit: Nato/Digital Globe

Nato also said other images show Russian forces transferring weapons and other military hardware to separatist forces, and "substantial activity" on the Russian side of the border with Ukraine.

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