The Ongoing Wealth Transfer to Ukraine – The Epoch Times

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The Biden administration and its congressional allies continue to transfer U.S. wealth and treasure to Ukraine with no end in sight. This includes lethal aid in the form of weapon systems and nonlethal aid in generic categories such as refugee assistance, energy security, anti-corruption activities, and logistics support.

Let us examine the topic in greater detail.

As reported by Fox News, these are the Ukrainian aid numbers from 2001 to 2016:

  • 2001-2008 (George W. Bush presidency): $1.1 billion.
  • 2009-2016 (Barack Obama presidency): $2.1 billion.

All of that was nonlethal aid, with the Obama increase coming after the Ukraine election of 2010 and the Russian invasion and annexation of eastern Ukraine and Crimea in 2014. The $320 million in aid provided in 2014 is detailed by an Obama White House fact sheet in the following categories: economic stabilization, reform, and growth; security sector capacity building and reform; national unity, democracy, human rights, and media; anti-corruption initiatives; energy security; humanitarian assistance and early recovery; trade diversification and promotion.

Former President Donald Trump provided the first lethal aid from the United States. According to a report by the Council on Foreign Relations, “In March 2018, the State Department approved the sale of anti-tank weapons [Javelin missiles] to Ukraine, the first sale of lethal weaponry since the conflict began [in 2014].”

This was accomplished under the existing authority as part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s budget that includes funds for “Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO),” which have been funded at up to roughly $65 billion per year. A special part of the OCO funding, called the European Defense Initiative (EDI), focuses on reinforcing allies in Europe and deterring Russian aggression.

Included in the EDI was the $250 million that Congress authorized for the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which can be used to replace any “weapons or defensive articles” provided to Ukraine by the United States. (Note: Trump’s deliberations in providing these funds to Ukraine ended up being included in the Democrats’ articles of impeachment during the Ukraine hoax in 2019.)

Workers unload a shipment of military aid delivered as part of the United States of America’s security assistance to Ukraine, at the Boryspil airport, outside Kyiv, Ukraine, on Jan. 25, 2022. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo)

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, the Biden administration has dramatically increased aid to the country—with no strings attached. In May, Congress approved an aid package to Ukraine in the amount of $40 billion. However, the Senate refused to include language proposed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that would have required the appointment of a special inspector general to oversee the distribution of the money to ensure accountability for U.S. taxpayers. This is problematic since …….

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