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(CNN) – Hundreds of demonstrators chanting "down with Putin" were attacked and beaten with bats and batons by pro-Russian groups in Donetsk, Ukraine Monday. Nearby, a homemade bomb exploded, taking the life of one Ukrainian soldier and injuring another, according to Ukrainian officials.
The violence comes as the President, who's wrapping up a 7-day trip to Asia, is trying to defend his foreign policy to his critics.
"Typically criticism of our foreign policy has been directed at the failure to use military force and the question I think I would have is, why is it that every one is so eager to use military force, after we have just gone through a decade of war at enormous costs to our troops and our budget? And what is it exactly that these critics think would have been accomplished? My job as commander-in-chief is to deploy military force as a last resort, and to deploy it wisely," President Barack Obama said Monday.
The defense comes as the White House announces new sanctions against Russia.
CNN political commentator and contributing editor for The Atlantic and National Journal Peter Beinhart and director of The Heritage Foundation's Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom Nile Gardiner discuss.