The US is prepared to send up to 300 military advisors, but will not be sending any troops into combat and is not planning air strikes currently.
'I just received information that near Slovyansk, the terrorists — using a Russian man-portable air defense system — shot down our helicopter,' acting President Oleksander Turchynov told parliament.
Ukraine used air strikes and a paratroop assault on Monday to clear rebels from Donetsk's international airport and had pushed the separatists out of the complex by the end of the day.
A day after declaring a coup and a curfew, Thailand's military tightened its grip on the country.
And Sudan might only be making the situation worse.
Protesters in Turkey's eastern mining town of Soma were met by tear gas and water cannons as they protested the deaths of more than 280 miners.
US has deemed ISIL and Al Nusra, former Al Qaeda allies now fighting each other in Syria, two separate terror groups.
The word is rarely used in an official capacity, but Amnesty International says torture is used by authorities all over the world.
Russia has passed laws banning cursing in media and restricting bloggers. Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin handed out awards to journalists for their 'objective coverage' in Ukraine.
Violence flared in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, with reports saying security forces killed around 20 pro-Russian rebels who attempted to seize police headquarters.
Scuffles broke out, and some were reportedly injured. No one was arrested.