The self-declared 'mayor' of the rebel-held eastern Ukrainian town of Slaviansk has reportedly called for the Kremlin to send Russian troops into the region to help "provide stability".
The declaration from Vyacheslav Ponomaryov follows recent clashes in Slaviansk and other Ukrainian towns between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces.
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.