Ukraine is edging ever closer to civil war tonight after its government launched a major offensive against rebel forces holding a town in the east of the country.
The battle has reportedly left many separatist fighters dead.
It centres around Sloviansk, where pro-Russian rebels earlier shot down two helicopters.
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.