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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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Drones to monitor Ukraine ceasefire

Drones will be deployed to monitor the ceasefire in Ukraine. The chairman of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Didier Burkhalter, said their drones will be sent into the field soon.

He added the organisation is also holding talks on the possibility of using national drones as soon as possible as "in-kind contribution by participating states" in the monitoring scheme.

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