UPDATE: AP reports Pro-Russian protesters declare independence for the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine.
With local reporters citing officials claiming "direct talks between the eastern regions of Ukraine and Kiev are now out of the question", Russia's foreign ministry has commented directly that:
*RUSSIA SAYS SEPARATIST REFERENDUMS SHOW 'REAL MOOD' IN EAST
*RUSSIA EXPECTS KIEV GOVT TO REACH OUT TO EAST, WANTS 'RESULTS'
Adding that the Dontesk and Lugansk referenda short evidence of the people's strong will to make decisions on their own, Russia wants "immediate" talks in Ukraine on state governance... and cites Kiev's criminal unwillingness to engage in dialogue with his people.