Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande tried sensibly to broker a Ukrainian ceasefire with Vladimir Putin, which has now been broken.
Further sanctions of a more effective kind have to be deployed but not those which would harm us in the West as much as the effects on Russia.
At present, we are not in a position to challenge Vladimir Putin militarily, due to global overstretch and the precipitous rundown of UK forces at a time when Russia was rebuilding her defenses, building super-drones weighing 20 tons each and we in the UK were just 3% over minimum capacity in energy and importing 75% of our food whilst allowing 150 of our farmers to commit suicide each year and 5,000 to go bankrupt.
Once again, Cameron and Obama have been outplayed by the master of brinkmanship, who has seen through Western rhetoric and bluster.
It is like the gunfighter in the sort of Western film I used to enjoy as a child being ordered to leave town by 6.00PM. The gunfighter reasons that if the person telling him to leave town lacks the stomach and wherewithal to force the departure of the gunfighter then he will remain in town, drinking whisky and enjoy the pleasures of the flesh with a woman of ill repute in the saloon.
Vladimir Putin’s options need to be carefully decision-treed by experts, until levers can be devised to compel different thinking on his part. So far these experts are not in evidence as most of the thinking has been done by Obama who rejects sound military advice and by Cameron who appears vacuous.