Many of us in the West have been under the assumption that the hostilities in Ukraine have arrived at a ceasefire. Webster’s defines a ceasefire as, “An agreement to stop fighting a war for a period of time so that a permanent agreement can be made to end the war.” One must then ask whether this can be considered a ceasefire: Although offensive operations to capture ground have ceased, the fighting has not.

The fighting has been steady; pro-Russian separatists continue to fire on Ukrainian positions throughout the day, every day, with a variety of weapons. The environment there is so surreal, it resembles the gameplay of the popular video game, “Fallout.” The landscape seen in Eastern Europe often appears post-apocalyptic anyway, and the local characters who issue orders and those involved in operations are such that they could only have fallen from another reality.