In a statement on the US Department of State website, the US government have reiterated their opposition to the proposed referendums in eastern Ukraine:
The U.S. calls on President Putin and the Russian government to implement its Geneva commitments. http://t.co/tX1R3WRibB
The statement read: "If these referenda go forward, they will violate international law and the territorial integrity of Ukraine. The United States will not recognize the results of these illegal referenda."
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.