So like Afghanistan 40 years ago. But back then we had Rambo.He is hoping to outlast western willpower to continue to support Ukraine with the ability to defend itself.I haven't been following as much as I used to ... where is the off ramp for Putin in all this? He's fighting a war he can't win, because even if he does on paper, Ukrainians will continue guerilla warfare for years and years. It's also an immense country in size to conquer.
At some point, doesn't Putin have to say "I was lied to by our generals, blah, blah, blah. We are pulling out but only if we get Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts in eastern Ukraine." I think those are the Oblasts in Donbas region ... I may be wrong though. It seems to me if he can get something, or even keep Crimea he has an offramp he should be taking.
No matter the resolve of the Ukrainians to fight on, if the US and others stop supplying it with weapons and ammunition, it will falter and finally collapse. Russia is just too big, for a lack of a better word, for it to fight on without support. The Ukrainians would either fall or be forced to give up Crimea and the eastern regions Russia annexed last year in a treaty.