Our chief correspondent roams across the news agenda bringing both light and shade to his topical reports.
Out on the plains, under the immense skies here, you come upon the stark reminders out of nowhere.
No sound but the biting wind of the winter steppe. A crumbling concrete bus shelter by the empty road. You hear a car coming a mile distant out here.
I heard the sound of shelling east of the southern port of Mariupol today and there were reports of fighting around Horlivka north of Donetsk.
It has been at the centre of intense fighting between the Ukrainian military and separatist rebels, but now a more human, tragic story is unfolding on the streets of Debaltseve.
Many Ukrainian soldiers say they feel they have been sold down the river by Kiev and President Poroshenko, as heavy artillery fire continues to rain down on their positions in Debaltseve.
If the Ukrainians are leaving Debaltseve as they say they are, they are not going quietly. Nor are the rebel guns falling silent.
Yuri Koryagin recalls the moment he saw a flash when he was leaving work whilst phoning his mum. Both legs have now been amputated after a shell burst.
We walked past the burned-up tail planes of jets on the tarmac. The shell-splashed hangars with torn metal cladding screaming and clanking eerily in the biting wind and snow showers.
In the south of Debaltseve, in eastern Ukraine, the distant sound of explosions can be heard. So is the ceasefire truly holding?
Incredibly, the theatre is still open in Donetsk despite constant shelling. Will the latest ceasefire deal end the carnage?
If reports from the Ukrainian military are credible, President Putin is indeed not stopping. Even as the Minsk talks were grinding along, tanks and missiles reportedly crossed into Ukraine