Armed men in Slaviansk have taken up positions around the south east Ukrainian city as residents sawed through trees to fortify barricades after troops from Kiev launched a raid to try to retake the rebel stronghold.
Troops surrounded the city, sending in military helicopters, two of which was shot down by pro-Russian separatists, killing its pilot and another serviceman.
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.