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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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OSCE confirms mortar fire near Donetsk airport

The official monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine says it has observed mortar fire near Donetsk International Airport and exchanges of fire in the surrounding area.

Damage to buildings, reportedly from shelling, in Spartak near the Ukrainian city of Donetsk

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe monitoring mission's most recent report, from Sunday, noted "evidence of an exchange of fire close to the area of Donetsk International Airport, and in Shchastya, 20 km north of Luhansk".

It also saw "numerous impacts from shelling" in nearby Spartak, and heard shelling close to the coastal city of Mariupol on Saturday night.

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