One of the leaders of the pro-Russian separatists in Donetsk has reportedly asked Vladimir Putin to consider absorbing the eastern Ukrainian city into the Russian Federation.
Denis Pushilin, co-chairman of the self-styled 'People's Republic of Donetsk', made the declaration at a news conference following a referendum on independence that the separatists said had been backed by 89% of voters in Donetsk.
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.