Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that sanctions imposed against Moscow for its annexation of Crimea were hurting the economy, but the damage was unlikely to be critical.
Mr Putin said: "Overall they are causing [damage], because [credit] ratings are being reviewed, loans could become more expensive and so forth. But this is of no critical character,"
He condemned the use of the sanctions as an instrument of interstate policy, saying they damage the global economy and are "dishonourable on the part of those who use those types of tools".
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.