Ukrainian forces have retaken the city hall in the eastern port of Mariupol after heavy fighting with pro-Russian rebels overnight, said Ukrainian media.
Ukraine's National Guard has seized the building, forcing rebels into the streets, where they blocked the main thoroughfare, burning tyres and a trolleybus, according to Ukraine's Channel 5 TV channel.
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.