The head of Ukraine's anti-terrorist centre said there is heavy fighting in the eastern town of Kramatorsk which is south of rebel stronghold of Slaviansk, Reuters reports.
Vasyl Krutov told a news conference: "There is gunfire and clashes around Kramatorsk...what we are facing in the Donetsk region and in the eastern regions is not just some kind of short-lived uprising, it is in fact a war."
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.