The Foreign Secretary has attempted to reassure Ukraine that Britain is offering "practical help" to deal with the raging crisis as he begins a tour of former Soviet states.William Hague has arrived in Moldova for the first leg of the "show of support" trip that takes in Georgia as well as Ukraine.
The tour comes after days of intense violence, with dozens killed in the southern port city of Odessa and gun battles in the eastern flashpoint of Slaviansk that have killed four soldiers.
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.