U.S. Keeps Ukraine War Going With Another Billion in Weapons of Death
Peace is a dirty word in Washington
The U.S. is not in a proxy war with Russia, it is in an all-out war, and Washington continues to fan the flames by providing another $1 billion in deadly weapons for Ukraine forces to try and repel Russian forces from the eastern part of the country.
The amount brings the total the U.S. has spent in “security assistance” for Ukraine up to nearly $10 billion. The U.S. has spent more than $11.8 billion since 2014 in weapons for the country.
"To meet Ukraine’s evolving battlefield requirements, the United States will continue to work with its Allies and partners to provide Ukraine with key capabilities calibrated to make a difference," the Pentagon said in a statement.
The package includes:
Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
75,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition;
20 120mm mortar systems and 20,000 rounds of 120mm mortar ammunition;
Munitions for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS);
1,000 Javelin and hundreds of AT4 anti-armor systems;
50 armored medical treatment vehicles;
Claymore anti-personnel munitions;
C-4 explosives, demolition munitions, and demolition equipment;
Medical supplies, to include first aid kits, bandages, monitors, and other equipment.
The U.S. also announced that it will send Ukraine another $4.5 billion for its budgetary needs.
The $4.5 billion budgetary grant will fund urgent government needs including payments for pensions, social welfare and healthcare costs, bringing total U.S. fiscal aid for Ukraine to $8.5 billion since Russia's February invasion, the U.S. Agency for International Development said.
Reuters, citing the U.S. Agency for International Development, reported that the funding includes payments for pensions, social welfare and healthcare costs. The total that the U.S. sent to Ukraine is $8.5 billion since the invasion.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., tweeted out about the new round of funding, and wrote, “WOW! The US government is actually trying to reduce the deficit!!?? Oh, wait, it’s for Ukraine, never mind. Business as usual with your [money].”
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., also criticized the funding and posted, “US gun shipments to Ukraine are going missing, but our Democrat controlled government is sending another $4.5 BILLION to Ukraine. Could have spent it on stopping fentanyl coming across our border or deporting illegals. Even Dem city mayors don’t want illegals in their cities.”
She was likely referring to a recent CBS News report that suggested only around 30 percent of the weapons sent to the country actually make it to the troops.
“There is really no information as to where they’re going at all,” Donatella Rovera, a senior crisis adviser with Amnesty International, told CBS. “What is really worrying is that some countries that are sending weapons do not seem to think that it is their responsibility to put in place a very robust oversight mechanism.”