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Tue Apr 2, 2024, 04:21 PM Apr 2

Ukraine Might Be Getting $34 Billion In American Weapons--And Soon [View all]

Six months after initially blocking a vote on further U.S. aid to Ukraine, the Russia-friendly speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Louisiana religious hardliner Mike Johnson, finally has relented to overwhelming pressure from the majority of the American electorate that wants the United States strongly to support Ukraine’s war of self-defense against Russian aggression.

That’s right, U.S. aid likely is coming, soon. Lots of it.

While Johnson hasn’t announced the details of the House proposal he said he would bring to a vote potentially this month, there’s a good chance it will mirror the spending package the U.S. Senate passed months ago—a package that includes $60 billion for Ukraine, $34 billion of which is for weapons. The rest pays for the training for Ukrainian troops as well as humanitarian aid and other non-military assistance.

To put into perspective how much weaponry $34 billion can buy, consider that—in the first 23 months of Russia’s wider war on Ukraine—the United States appropriated $45 billion for weapons for Ukraine.

Roughly half of that spending was in the form of direct commercial contracts the Pentagon negotiated, and paid for, on Ukraine’s behalf. The other half of the spending paid for new weapons for U.S. forces after the Pentagon donated their older weapons to Ukraine directly from U.S. stocks.



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