The Kiev authorities and their Western backers are directly responsible for the bloodshed in the Ukrainian city of Odessa, where at least 38 people have been killed, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said.
Kiev and its Western sponsors are practically provoking the bloodshed and bear direct responsibility for it.
He added that yesterday's violence made the idea of holding presidential elections in Ukraine later this month "absurd".
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.