Why do so many not trust Mr Putin? He is ex-KGB allegedly and he still wants to impose his influence on the countries that once formed the USSR. I'd like to believe his motives in Ukraine are honorable but I struggle with this.
Although the recent ceasefire is mostly holding, there is heavy fighting in the disputed Debaltseve region. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31511926 .
UPDATE 1045z 18.2.15: See http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31519000 . It appears Ukraine has admitted defeat in Debaltseve.