The leaders of Germany and Russia have discussed the situation in Ukraine via phone, Reuters has reported.
Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russia's Vladimir Putin to help free European military observers in Ukraine, whilst the Russian premier insisted that the withdrawal of Kiev's military units from south eastern Ukraine and a "national dialogue" with separatists was key to resolving the situation.
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.