In an op ed piece for the Guardian, Mikhail Shishkin explains the larger disaster that has befallen Russia and Ukraine as a result of Putin's recent actions:
"Unending, smouldering conflict on the border is a regime dream that is coming true before our eyes. Undeclared war with Ukraine finally gives it cause to crush independent civil society in Russia and establish a lethal police order. Militarism, the hunt for domestic enemies, the struggle against "traitors," and the mass propaganda of patriotism – all this is already our present. Scoundrels and fools have speculated for too long on love for the fatherland. And now, once again, we've all been taken hostage – both Ukrainians and Russians. Once again we are going to suffer together – two fraternal nations. And we are going to have to fight for our future together."
A war between Russia and Ukraine would be close to a civil war and just as unspeakably sad.