New sanctions against Russian individuals, companies and high-tech exports will be announced today, President Barack Obama said.
He said the new sanctions represent a "calibrated effort" to change Russia's behaviour in the Ukraine crisis - but admitted he was not sure the moves will work.
If Russia continues to carry out further aggression againt Ukraine the next phase would be sectoral sanctions, possibly targeting banking and defense area, he added.
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.