Russia's foreign minister has urged his US counterpart to "turn down the rhetoric" over the Ukraine crisis.
News agency RIA Novosti reports that Sergei Shoigu also told US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel that Russia was willing to take steps to reduce tension.
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.