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Russia slams sanctions 'blackmail'

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The US and EU bolstered sanctions against Russia over its alleged support of separatists in Ukraine, drawing an angry rebuke on Thursday from Moscow which said the measures amounted to "blackmail". 

A building destroyed by the Ukrainian Air Force in Snezhnoye, 80 km east of Donetsk, pictured on July 16

President Barack Obama in sanctions imposed Wednesday took his first direct swipes at the Russian economy's finance, military and energy sectors, further escalating the worst standoff between the Kremlin and the West since the Cold War.

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