U.S. Conducts Spy Flight Over Russia

Moscow confirms it canceled flight last week

After a tit-for-tat series of delays, the United States conducted an Open Skies Treaty intelligence flight over Russian territory on Monday, a State Department official said.

Ukraine Peace Deal Falters as Rebels Show No Sign of Surrender

Pro-Russian armed men walk past activists hanging up a "Donetsk Republic" flag outside the mayor's office in Slaviansk

KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – An agreement reached last week to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering as the new week began, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized.

Ukraine Separatists Stay Put Despite Diplomatic Deal

A pro-Russian protester gestures as he stands guard at a barricade in front of the seized office of the SBU state security service in Luhansk

SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) – Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Friday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and were looking for more assurances about their security before leaving the public buildings they are holding.

Flying Blind

Russia Blocks U.S. from Treaty-Approved Spy Flights
An US F16 fighter jet takes off from a Romanian air base

The Russian government this week canceled a planned U.S. surveillance flight over Russian territory in a bid to limit spying on massed troops facing off against Ukraine and Eastern Europe, according to U.S. officials.