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US warns Russia 'costs will rise' unless peace deal agreed

The White House said President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call to agree to a peace deal.

"If Russia continues its aggressive actions in Ukraine, including by sending troops, weapons, and financing to support the separatists, the costs for Russia will rise," the White House statement added.

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Russia 'cannot be allowed to redraw map of Europe'

US Vice President Joe Biden has said Russia cannot be allowed to redraw the map of Europe.

Speaking at the European Council in Brussels, Biden said Ukraine "is fighting for their very survival right now."

US President Joe Biden speaking in Brussels. Credit: APTN

"President Putin continues to call for new peace plans as his troops roll through the Ukrainian countryside and he absolutely ignores every agreement that his country has signed in the past and he has signed recently - including in Minsk," the Vice President said.

This is the moment where the United States and Europe must stand together, stand firm. Russia cannot be allowed to redraw the map of Europe, because that is exactly what they are doing".

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