Russians lie

“Of course we can open fire,” Eduardo Basurin, a senior rebel commander of forces near Debaltseve, told Reuters. “It’s our territory. The territory is internal: ours. And internal is internal. But along the line of confrontation there is no shooting.”

I can’t blame them. It’s their competitive advantage. European civilization’s advantage is high trust (from truth telling). One creates savagery and poverty, the other creates prosperity. Ukraine wants to go West. So do many people within the borders of that artificial country held together at the point of a gun.