Russia has insisted that Ukraine stop fighting to defeat Russia's proxy forces in eastern Ukraine even as Moscow tests the waters by sending in a few armored vehicles and anti-aircraft missiles.
So Ukraine offers a ceasefire if the rebels lay down their arms. Guess what happens?
Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists were locked in fierce fighting in the east of Ukraine on Thursday after rebels rejected a call to lay down their arms in line with a peace plan proposed by President Petro Poroshenko, government forces said.
It seems like only last month that President Obama was declaring mission accomplished for getting Putin to stop his aggression with "just" grabbing Crimea.