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.