But we need to understand the ramifications of domestic policies in the respective countries before we rush to judgement on which side holds the upper hand and who has the most to lose.
At first glance, it would appear that a Ukranian defensive effort against the overwhelming numerical superiority of the Russian forces will succeed or fail based on the integrity of an American commitment to the supply of weaponry that will provide some form of parity on the ground and in the air.
But, in spite of all the bluster from Biden and NATO leadership promising they will give Zelensky all the firepower he is asking for, the slowness and pitiful response from these same fair weather friends suggests that they are already accepting an outcome that is very different to the one the valiant Ukranians had in mind.
You only have to look at the supply chain of much needed Western artillery weapons in order to realise that their deliveries will very probably be too little, too late.
Why would the Alliance allow this to happen? Is it deliberate?
It would appear that Biden and Co are prepared to influence a quick settlement of the Ukranian dispute even if it includes giving Putin virtually everything he wants before this war escalates into one fought against a nation led by a desperate, mentally and physically ill man with nothing to lose.
From the American's point of view, the last thing they need is to be fighting wars against a coalition of major adversaries on two fronts. One should not underestimate the interest being shown in the outcome of the current war by the greater foe, China who are keeping their power dry while considering their positions.
Meanwhile Biden in particular will be desperately trying to find a way out of the current conflict with one eye on the mid terms. In that context, it looks as if the Ukranians are being set up as sacrificial lambs.
Hope I'm wrong but if I were a betting man, I'd be putting money on a "cut and run" policy emerging from the White House sooner rather than later.