The video's release appears timed as a response to Gen. Martin Dempsey's testimony Tuesday to a Senate committee. He raised the possibility of sending US troops to fight Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria.
President Poroshenko insisted today that there was no discussion of federalization or secession for eastern Ukraine. Rebel leaders said they were standing firm on independence.
A phone call between Ukrainian and Russian heads of state yields no breakthrough. NATO talks in Wales are expected to focus on the eastern Ukraine conflict and alleged Russian intervention there.
Presidential candidate Abdullah's threat ratchets up tension over a disputed election recount, which both candidates had agreed to in response to allegations of mass fraud.
The detention of the Russian paratroopers, who claim to have crossed the border accidentally, comes as the presidents of Russia and Ukraine attend a regional summit, with some speculating that the two may meet.
Russian trucks loaded with humanitarian supplies had been idling at the border, but some have now entered Ukraine without permission, which Kiev considers an act of aggression. Russian and Ukrainian leaders are to meet next week.
The embattled Iraqi prime minister shows no willingness to step aside for a new unity government, which the US insists is crucial to reduce tensions and resist Islamic State militants.
At a UN Security Council meeting, Russia raised concerns over displacement in eastern Ukraine and called for greater aid to civilians. Critics say Russia is cloaking its true intentions in a conflict that it helped seed.
China's state news agency reported that a gang attacked a police station and government offices in the troubled northwest region. China has fingered Xinjiang separatists for several serious attacks in recent months.
John Kerry's unannounced visit to Jerusalem and the West Bank today comes as the PA's Abbas voices support for Hamas's condition of ending Gaza economic blockade.
Rival militias are battling for control of Libya's international airport, which is closed after rocket fire destroyed most of the planes on the ground.