Ukrainian forces have killed "up to five" militants in Slaviasnk and government troops have destroyed three illegal checkpoints, according to Ukraine's Interior Ministry.
Ukrainian forces clashed with pro-Russian militants as they closed in on the separatist-held city of Slaviansk, seizing rebel checkpoints and setting up roadblocks as helicopters circled overhead.
A Ukrainian military detachment with five armoured personnel carriers took over a checkpoint on a road north of the city in late morning after it was abandoned by separatists who set tyres alight to cover their retreat, said Reuters.
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.