Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited military positions in the country's east, where the army has been fighting Russia-backed separatists for five years. Zelenskiy was inaugurated a week ago.
Moscow and Kiev have traded angry accusations since Russian navy vessels fired on, boarded and captured the three Ukrainian ships off the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea which was annexed by Russia in 2014.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc considered the polls in Donetsk and Lugansk to be "illegal and illegitimate and will not recognise them."
More than a 100,000 people attended a memorial service on Sunday for a separatist leader in Ukraine who was killed in a blast two days ago.
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