ITV News foreign news editor John Angier has witnessed clashes between local civilians and Ukrainian forces in the eastern town of Mariupol:
It seems the policemen inside were pro Russian. Ukrainian forces launched the operation to clear them out and deny locals use of weapons
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.