Donetsk People’s Republic’s Dy Premier Andrei Purgin urged Kiev to “immediately conclude such an agreement” with the rebels.
Speaking after 14 servicemen were killed by rebels the minister said: “Our given task is to bring peace and order to the region.”
Ukraine’s Interior Ministry says 4 officers have been killed and 30 wounded in gunbattles with pro-Russia militants.
The Kremlin and Ukraine traded accusations over the violence, with Kiev saying the Odessa violence had been “coordinated by sabotage groups from Russia”.
President says that operation is underway in eastern Donetsk region, Rebels continue occupation in quiet Slaviansk
The measure also includes reforms to the International Monetary Fund that are opposed by many congressional Republicans.
As the votes were counted, a crowd gathered in the center of Simferopol to celebrate with song and dance.
The choice is between joining Russia or taking more powers but staying in Ukraine. Status quo not an option.
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk vowed Ukraine would not cede “an inch” of its territory to Moscow.
Liz Wahl accused Russia Today of whitewashing moves by Vladimir Putin.
Kremlin reportedly orders Ukrainian forces in Crimea to surrender or face attack.
The leaders stressed that the dialogue between Ukraine and Russia should start immediately.
John Kerry had proposed cooperation with Moscow to resolve the Ukraine crisis during a telephone call with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Thursday.
Russia questions legitimacy of new rulers; Yanukovych last seen in Crimea; EU turns to West over aid for Kiev.
“My car was shot at. But I have no fear,” Yanukovych said.