The European Union has imposed more sanctions against individuals linked to the Russian government, along with two Crimean companies.
Among the 13 individuals targeted are Vladimir Putin's first deputy chief of staff, Vyacheslav Volodin and the commander of Russia's paratroopers, Vladimir Shamanov.
Both men now face possible asset freezes and visa bans as the EU looks to pressurise the Kremlin over its handling of the crisis in Ukraine.
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.