Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said his country was not
fighting a civil war in its east but was fighting "foreign
mercenaries", hailing soldiers for forcing pro-Russian rebels
out of several towns and cities.
The Pentagon says the transfer of heavy-caliber
multiple-launch rocket systems from Russia to Ukrainian
separatists appeared to be imminent with the arms close
enough to the border they could be handed over "potentially
US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed regional leaders to
nail down a Gaza ceasefire as the civilian death toll soared,
and further violence flared between Israelis and Palestinians
in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.