Fighting intensified across the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk today, where the troops have been trying to regain control from pro-Russian forces.
Ukraine's Defence Ministry confirmed a helicopter was shot down, but said the pilots survived.
Further south in Odessa, a special forces unit has been deployed. ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports from Ukraine:
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.