Is Vladimir Putin a brilliant strategist, tactician, or mad?
Prince Charles set off a diplomatic row last year when he compared Vladimir Putin's actions over Ukraine to Adolf Hitler's march aross Europe,but his comments underlay the concern the Western powers have regarding this modern day thuggish dictator.
Ever since Russia’s annexation of Crimea last March, the West has struggled to contain Putin.
Crimea was the line in the sand, yet there is every evidence that Russian troops are fighting the Ukrainian army on the Ukrainian soil.
Now it appears that that Russia's endgame - for now, acquiring the Eastern Ukraine may be at hand as a one sided peace deal may be close as some European countries loose their resolve to challenge, or contain Putin.