Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday despite European efforts to resurrect a still-born ceasefire, a day after pro-Russian separatists who spurned the truce forced thousands of government troops out of a strategic town.
It is an ex-ceasefire. It's been nailed to Minsk.
It is not just stunned or tired and shagged out after capturing Debaltseve. Four thousand volts wouldn't revive it.
Although it is definitely going "boom."
It's dead. It has passed on. It is no more. It is a late ceasefire. It has ceased to be. It is pushing up the daisies. It has joined the choir invisible.
I suspect it is pining for Mariupol, however.
The Europeans will never run out of ceasefires, no matter how many die.
But surely, at some point Putin will have no more territorial ambitions. Right?
And here's a thought if you don't think this is bad enough. What if Putin is the new Mussolini in a supporting role rather than the main threat?