I know I sound like a broken record at this point, but the sheer amount of cash and weaponry that has gone to Ukraine has become so massive it’s difficult to keep track of anymore.
The Department of Defense (DoD) announced a new “security assistance” package for Ukraine on Friday, which comes in at a price tag of “approximately $400 million.”
The tone-deaf name of the ongoing program, USAI or Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, will be sending weaponry to the Ukrainians, including the following:
- Funding to refurbish HAWK air defense missiles for inclusion in future Presidential Drawdown packages;
- 45 Refurbished T-72B Tanks with advanced optics, communications, and armor packages;
- 1,100 Phoenix Ghost Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems;
- 40 Armored Riverine Boats;
- Funding to refurbish 250 M1117 Armored Security Vehicles;
- Tactical secure communications systems and surveillance systems; and
- Funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.
According to the DoD, the total commitment in “security assistance” the U.S. has given to Ukraine comes in at $21 billion, with $18.9 billion — or 90 percent — of the “assistance” coming since President Joe Biden took office.
Remember, that’s just in “security assistance.” That number doesn’t include the billions in taxpayer dollars the U.S. has given to Ukraine since the beginning of their conflict with Russia back in February.
I can’t say this enough — How much of our taxpayer money is the government going to give Ukraine before it becomes “Our”-kraine?