The Ukraine government have called the referendum in eastern Ukraine "illegal" with the rest of the international community saying it isn't recognized, but large numbers voted today for independence.
One queuing voter said "We want this referendum to be independent fro Ukraine, not to be with this nazi Ukraine."
ITV News Europe Editor James Mates reports:
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.