Mayor of Donetsk Oleksandr Lukyanchenko has urged local residents to stay at home during fighting in the biggest assault in Ukraine so far.
So far more than 50 rebels and two civilians have died during clashes but the Ukraine government said it has suffered no losses.
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There is nervousness, anxiety and on the streets of Edinburgh fuelled by an atmosphere unlike anything seen before in recent UK politics.
However the vote goes, bonds of blood, history and geography mean the people of the Scottish borders will stay closely linked to England.
Alex Salmond could be hailed the future leader of a new country, but there is still no agreement on how an independent Scotland would work.