Russia has said the results of the self-rule referendums in eastern Ukraine respects the will of the people in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The Kremlin said the outcome of the public votes should be implemented in a civilised manner without violence.
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.