The West must give up its "destructive" policy in Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Ministry urged after Kiev launched a "large-scale" operation in Slaviansk in a bid to retake the south eastern city.
In a statement, the Foreign Ministry said that the US and EU were effectively cutting off the road to a peaceful resolution in the country by supporting those behind the "coup" in Kiev.
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.