These weekly packages are apparently all coming out of the $60 billion that was initially allocated. They couldn’t sent $60 billion at once, because it would all just disappear into black hole bank accounts in the Caribbean and Israel. So they have to give Zelensky a weekly allowance.
The specific package each week doesn’t really matter, because whatever bills are signed or are not signed, the Ukraine has a blank check for infinity money until every last Ukrainian male is dead. The US State Department has said point blank: there will be no negotiations, ever.
Meanwhile, Zelensky is out there again this week saying he’s going to invade Crimea and take it back. He has not mentioned what army he will do that with, because his current army can’t even take back territory it lost last week.
As Russia’s war on Ukraine drags on, U.S. security assistance is shifting to a longer-term campaign that will likely keep more American military troops in Europe into the future, including imminent plans to announce an additional roughly $3 billion in aid to train and equip Ukrainian forces to fight for years to come, U.S. officials said.
U.S. officials told The Associated Press that the package is expected to be announced Wednesday, the day the war hits the six-month mark and Ukraine celebrates its independence day. The money will fund contracts for as many as three types of drones, and other weapons, ammunition and equipment that may not see the battlefront for a year or two, they said.
The total of the aid package — which is being provided under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative and is the largest to date— could change a bit overnight, but not likely by much. Officials said that it will include money for the small, hand-launched Puma drones, the longer-endurance Scan Eagle surveillance drones, which are launched by catapult, and, for the first time, the British Vampire drone system, which can be launched off ships.
Several officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the aid before its public release.
Unlike most previous packages, the new funding is largely aimed at helping Ukraine secure its medium- to long-term defense posture, according to the officials familiar with the matter. Earlier shipments, most of them done under Presidential Drawdown Authority, have focused on Ukraine’s more immediate needs for weapons and ammunition and involved materiel that the Pentagon already has in stock that can be shipped in short order.
In addition to providing longer-term assistance that Ukraine can use for potential future defense needs, the new package is intended to reassure Ukrainian officials that the United States intends to keep up its support, regardless of the day-to-day back and forth of the conflict, the officials said.
Other NATO allies are also marking the independence day with new aid announcements.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said his country is providing more than 500 million euros (nearly $500 million) in aid, including powerful anti-aircraft systems. The aid will also include rocket launchers, ammunition, anti-drone equipment, a dozen armored recovery vehicles and and three additional IRIS-T long-range air defense systems, the German news agency dpa reported.
And Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $3.85 million for two Ukraine projects through the Peace and Stabilization Operations Program. It includes about $2.9 million in funding for ongoing development of Ukraine’s national police force and other emergency services, and about $950,000 to help advise Ukraine’s defense ministry.
To date, the U.S. has provided about $10.6 billion in military aid to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden administration, including 19 packages of weapons taken directly from Defense Department stocks since August 2021.
U.S. defense leaders are also eyeing plans that will expand training for Ukrainian troops outside their country, and for militaries on Europe’s eastern and southern flanks that feel most threatened by Russia’s aggression.
Note that this says $10.6 billion in MILITARY aid. That is combined with at least that much – possibly much more – in other forms of aid, including paying the entire Ukrainian government salary and subsidizing the population with food and other necessities. The Ukraine is a failed state which only exists due to US handouts.
That fact makes it especially frustrating when Zelensky goes out there and says he’s taking back Crimea. If that were possible, it would cost a trillion dollars – and he feels comfortable just declaring that the US taxpayer is going to pay that.
To date, the US government has not given an official explanation of what the purpose of this war against Russia actually is. Instead, they’ve said it is about preserving Ukrainian democracy. It’s not clear why that would be worth starting WWIII over even if it was true, but it is not true, because no one can seriously claim that the Ukraine is a democracy.
Zelensky has banned all opposition parties, completely, and seized their assets and imprisoned some of their leaders. So just on the basic level of “the people can vote,” it is not a democracy. Even in many countries the US claims are “not democracies” people are allowed to vote. Moreover, Zelensky has banned all opposition media. The US has done that itself in effect, but they didn’t just raid their offices and shut down broadcast and publication like Zelensky did (instead you get internet bans and stuff like the Alex Jones crisis actor lawsuits).
There is no possible basis for the claim that the Ukraine is a democracy.
At various times, the government has admitted that the real purpose of the war is to force a regime change in Russia. But when Joe Biden said that during a speech in Poland, the White House accused him of lying, and reinforced the claim that the only purpose of the war against Russia is Ukraine democracy.
My tax dollars down the toilet.
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Wait, what???? Didn’t we just send another 800 million on Thursday? Its Tuesday
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What is this like our 10th giveaway of our taxes ??
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