The pro-Russian separatists, who took the local government building in the city of Donetsk in the weekend announced the creation of the Independent People's Republic of Donetsk
Pro-Russian activists barricaded themselves in a government building in eastern Ukraine, proclaimed as an independent region.
Activists called for a referendum to secede from Ukraine that ominously recalls the events that led to the annexation of Crimea to Russia.
The Ukrainian government accused Russia of sowing chaos and promised to take action to restore order. Russia, which has tens of thousands of troops on the border grouped warned Ukraine of more "difficulties and crises" if their leaders do not meet the demands of Moscow.
For its part, the United States warned Russia that any movement in Eastern Ukraine will be a "very serious escalation" in tensions that could lead to Moscow to be further punished. The White House spokesman Jay Carney said there was evidence that some pro-Russian Ukrainian protesters were paid and were not local residents.
At the same time, the United States announced that Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with senior diplomats from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union as part of efforts to reduce tensions.
traslation: Belén Zapata