It started with Julia Timoshenko's cronies having an opponent gunned down - a vile and unattractive character, to be sure, but nonetheless gunned down like a dog - and now Putin's cronies have kidnapped and killed a local councillor, by all accounts a decent bloke, family man, opponent of corruption. And all the while the 'President' - a weak, chinless apparatchik who mistakenly imagines that a two-day stubble look enhances his unfortunate features - is goaded by US and EU hawks to escalate the violence. Putin and his in-country cronies needs no such goading; he will meet force with force, rocket with rocket, careless of lives but jealous of territory. As Russian despots are, and always have been.
Timoshenko and her fellow oligarchs will look on from the sidelines, playing for power as the people bleed and die. As will the unelected officials from Brussels, and the geriatric fools from Washington, still trying to fight a war that ended in 1989. Putin is safe in the Kremlin, far away. They're not the ones who face being bundled into a car boot, driven to a deserted spot and torn apart by boiling rounds from an assault rifle on full-auto. They reserve that fate for others, ordinary folk, whose lives, families, dreams, hopes and homes they are prepared to destroy for wealth, land and power.
A curse be on all the warmongers fanning the flames of hatred and violence in Ukraine. May they all burn in Hell.