Russian troops carried out military drills with a new thermobaric rocket system in the Volgograd region.
The two tanks, equipped with the TOS 1A "Buratino" system, practised rapid deployment and defensive and evasive driving skills, and shot more than 50 rounds.
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.