A deal negotiated in Geneva to ease tensions in Ukraine was met with defiance by pro-Russian groups. Protesters occupying a string of public buildings across eastern Ukraine have insisted that they would not end their occupation until a referendum to decide the status of the region had taken place.
More than $1 trillion in sequestration-related defense cuts, slated for now through 2021, "would significantly increase risks both in the short- and long-term," according to a report released by the Pentagon.
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