According to the U.S. Department of Defense, there has been a whopping $15.8 billion “in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration, including more than $15.1 billion since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked and brutal invasion on February 24.”
Here’s a list of all your taxpayer-funded equipment that has been dumped into the most corrupt country in Europe:
Over 1,400 Stinger Anti-Aircraft Systems:
Over 32,000 Additional Anti-Armor Systems Ordinance.
Over 700 Switchblade Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems.
126 155mm Howitzers & Up To 806,000 155mm Artillery Rounds:
2,000 Precision-Guided 155mm Artillery Rounds.
20 105mm Howitzers & 180,000 105mm Artillery Rounds.
126 Tactical Vehicles To Tow 155mm Howitzers.
22 Tactical Vehicles To Recover Equipment.
16 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems & Ammunition.
20 120mm Mortar Systems & 85,000 120mm Mortar Rounds.
1,500 Tube-Launched, Wire-Guided (TOW) Missiles.
Four Command Post Vehicles.
Eight National Advanced Surface-To-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS)
(NASAMS) System Munitions
High-Speed Anti-radiation Missiles (HARMs).
20 Mi-17 Helicopters.
100s Of Armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs):
Four Trucks And Eight Trailers To Transport Heavy Equipment.
200 M113 Armored Personnel Carriers.
40 MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles With Rollers.
Mine Clearing Equipment & Support Systems.
Over 10,000 Grenade Launchers & Small Arms.
Over 60,000,000 Rounds Of Small Arms Ammunition
Over 75,000 Sets If Body Armor And Helmets.
Approximately 700 Phoenix Ghost Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems.
Laser-Guided Rocket Systems.
Puma Unmanned Aerial Systems.
15 Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial Systems.
Unmanned Coastal Defense Vessels.
Over 50 Counter-Artillery Radars.
Four Counter-Mortar Radars.
Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems.
Ten Air Surveillance Radars.
Two Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems.
18 Coastal & Riverine Patrol Boats.
M18A1 Claymore Anti-Personnel Munitions.
C-4 Explosives, Demolition Munitions & Demolition Equipment For Obstacle Clearing.
Tactical Secure Communications Systems.
Thousands Of Night Vision Devices, Thermal Imagery Systems, Optics, And Laser Rangefinders.
Commercial Satellite Imagery Services.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Protective Gear.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protective Equipment.
100 Armored Medical Treatment Vehicles.
Medical Supplies: First Aid Kits, Bandages, Monitors & Other Equipment.
Electronic Jamming Equipment.
Field Equipment & Cold Weather Gear Including Spare Parts.
Funding For Training, Maintenance & Sustainment.
That’s… a lot of stuff. And just like in Afghanistan, there’s no mention of what happens to all this stuff after the war is over, assuming any of it still exists.
The likelihood is, just like America’s last forever war, it’ll end up in the hands of unsavory characters. Considering the recent bans on political opposition in Ukraine, as well as the forced national consolidation of media, you might say it already has.✪
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✪ The military-industrial complex continues to grow with the proxy war. The annual Future Force Capabilities Conference and Exhibition hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) will feature none other than Zelensky as their keynote speaker, as well as his Minister Of Defense, Oleksii Reznikov. Everyone in attendance is directly profiting off of the war. The IRS deems the NDIA to be a nonprofit organization when in fact, it is blatantly lobbying.
Defense contractors need war, as do corrupt government officials who prosper off of pain. America has already provided Ukraine with over $15 billion since February, yet Zelensky is poised to request more funding and weapons at this meeting.
Boeing Defense, Space & Security; L3Harris Technologies; Raytheon Technologies; BAE Systems; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Huntington Ingalls Industries; General Dynamics; and Northrop Grumman all met in April to discuss how they could profit off of the war. The Pentagon recently announced (see video above) that they want to set up “the backbone of a Ukraine force…for years to come.” Meanwhile, the US military is suggesting that its own soldiers, 24% of whom are food insecure, begin applying for food stamps.
The Biden Administration seems to have unlimited funds for Ukraine. This event will show all the “innovative” ways that the US can pay to kill Russian soldiers on behalf of Ukraine “for years to come.” ✪