Russia has conducted a military exercise in the Rostov region, near the Ukrainian border, a Russian Ministry of Defence official has said.
Russia's Foreign Ministry has also called on the Ukrainian government to immediately withdraw army units from southeastern Ukraine and start an "inclusive dialogue" with pro-Russian elements.
European Union foreign ministers added 13 people to their visa ban and asset freeze list over Ukraine's crisis.
Well that’s the voting over, and no surprises so far. A ‘Yes’ vote claimed to be 89% in Donetsk, and suddenly Ukraine is no more.
Nearly 90 percent of voters in eastern Ukrainian region voted for self-rule, the head of the separatist election commission said.