Congressional negotiators agreed to include nearly $12 billion in new spending on the war in Ukraine in a stopgap spending bill that will likely be voted on this week, Reuters reported on Monday.
Sources told Reuters that the $12 billion will include $4.5 billion in funding for arms being sent to Ukraine and $2.7 billion for other military and intelligence support for Ukraine. The funding also includes $4.5 billion in direct budgetary aid for the Ukrainian government.
A source told The Associated Press that the stopgap bill is meant to fund the federal government through mid-December and could be brought to the Senate for a vote as soon as Tuesday evening.
The funds for Ukraine largely fall in line with a request made by President Biden. The White House asked Congress to authorize $11.7 billion in spending for Ukraine and for $2 billion for energy spending to offset the cost of the sanctions campaign against Moscow.
If the measure is passed, it will bring the total US expenditures for the war in Ukraine to about $65.6 billion. Including the $2 billion in energy spending to offset sanctions brings the total to $67.6 billion. To put the figure in perspective, Russia’s entire annual military budget for 2021 was $65.9 billion.
The Ukraine aid is not meant to last very long. When requesting the funds, the White House said it was needed for the first three months of the 2023 fiscal year, which starts on October 1 for the federal government. Ukraine is preparing to launch more counteroffensive next year and has asked the US to provide more advanced weaponry.
US support for this proxy war on Russia’s border is entering extremely dangerous territory as Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned Moscow could defend its “territorial integrity” with nuclear weapons. Russian territory is set to expand into Ukraine as referendums are being held in Russian-controlled areas.
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Wars for the sake of hatred are the bane of the human race. Old as the earliest hominids, driven by the most primitive, direst impulses when their were few alternatives. Wars for “honor” — who knows? may go back this far. But — aren’t homo sapiens, the wise apes, supposed to be adapted to do better than just maim, kill, break? If not, let’s give the planet back to the creatures incapable of destroying the entire world.
Could happen sooner than you think.
Don’t blame human nature. Nothing like we see now happened 1-2 million years ago, or even 100,000 years ago. We are a social, organized animal, a nature which some do exploit for their own selfish and destructive ends.
Ever watch chimp clans interact with each other? They do the same as we did, and will do until we grow the f*** up. Which i think is too late…
Competition over territory and sparring within a clan / herd can get violent yet is nothing like war.
It is the definition of war. Birds do it, ants do it plants do it. No offense but you need to do some research.
War; ‘a state of competition, conflict, or hostility between different people or groups.’
I suppose you’re right technically. There’s a huge qualitative difference. My goats spar for dominance, but injuries are rare and minor. Birds and chimps may cooperatively compete for territory, but it is hardly organized wonton death and destruction for political goals. We are animals of nature, but war comes when the exceptionally selfish exploit our orientation towards culture and cooperation.
No difference whatsoever. Ever see hyenas and lions go to war? What do you think they fight for? Same as we do, territory and resources. Its the one common denomination in the animal kingdom that we are a part of. Ever see ants war? They raid and take slaves. Sound familiar? Go to youtube and look it up and amazed that we are not so much unalike from the rest of the animal kingdom…By the way chimps do the [political game] exactly as we do for the same reasons. Did you know that chimps do prostitution too? It was a great clip of a male walking up to a female, giving her some food and off they went to go do it. No, no you need to bust the box and go watch, if you want to learn…
Those are really remarkable examples, illustrating the pattern of how nature programming is made. We project our mentality, it’s really hard for people to think like a goat or bird or ant. Nature can be violent, we are part of nature, but that doesn’t mean it is our nature to be violent.
[not our nature?] It is the epitome of our nature. Think of all the dead animals and plants you need to kill to eat in just a month. Do you live in a home. How many animals are killed inside there with your can of raid? Your reaction to anything is flight/violence. Do you ever get mad? Is that not violence. Violence is the common denominator here for virtually every living critter..
No cans of raid around here. My partner escorts the spiders out. Getting mad is not violence, acting on it is. We do know in thorough detail what killing it takes to eat, but harvest season is not a war on chickens.
How many creatures die during harvest? Millions…
Planet of The Apes?…
Charlton Heston was a modern prophet.
“The funding also includes $4.5 billion in direct budgetary aid for the Ukrainian government.”
Why is the US funding the Ukrainian government. Billions for Ukraine but not much for America to improve infrastructure.
Now we all know, if we hadn’t known by now, that windfall profits of the war industries IS one of the biggest, if the biggest, motivations for war. The American people would rise in revulsion if they all knew US money is supporting a Nazified government being used to attack Russia.
By orders of magnitude.
But they don’t know because we have a self censored MSM as do all NATO members. Almost as bad as Zelensky’s controlled media. We don’t even have a dissenting opposition in congress, that too is self imposed. Our elections are sham, nothing there but a one party vote.
Zelensky needs more money to get a bigger yacht.
Because Ukrainian state can’t function without American financial support. They have no money of their own to pay salaries to the military, police and other state budget organizations. The shortage of the cash is the reason why Ukrainians are refusing to collect their dead. The families of those military who were killed are entitled to a financial support from the state. By refusing to collect the dead, Kiev regime is avoiding the wasting of budget money for the families of the killed.
We knew that going in. There are plans to privatize the government utilities, etc. Another country we have turned to dust for the riches. Also in the news, we are stealing Syrian’s oil, just like Trump suggested. No matter what administration in D.C., the aim is still the same. There is no way climate change is going to be affected by the maggots in D.C..
Our administrations are criminal syndicates, it is evident by their actions, the lies and all that comes with it. That is why Julian Assange can’t get a fair trial and has been tortured for more than a decade, all because he told the people the truth, much like Daniel Ellsberg.
Is that the reason for the mass graves they claim are war crime victims?
“Ukraine is preparing to launch more counteroffensive next year”
Good luck with that, Ukraine. By sometime next year, the Russian flag will be over Kiev, Zelenskyy and his regime will cease to exist, and Russia will take over the bank accounts where all the US money is sitting. Partial payback for the $300 billion the West stole (which is being replaced by gas and oil profits as we speak, courtesy of Western sanctions.)
“Russia will take over the bank accounts” – it is impossible. Money will be evacuated first.
Stolen, as in Afghanistan.
If the crazy morons running Amerikan policy don’t wise up PDQ there is going to.be a calamity or a Nuclear war .Either way many innocents are going to be hurt while the rapacious Capitalist.war mongers rake in their profits.
The collapsing NATO may turn into a life saver. At least I hope so. The big NATO governments are just deranged or totally corrupt people. How else can one explain the suicidal actions of these people? There is the senile Biden and company and the European idiots. No statesman or woman in sight. Putin and Lavrov, what a team.
i,as an ameri8can taxpayer protest. i would rather see $ sent to Puerto Rico to help them in their 10th day without power or humanitarian aid to Pakistan who got blitzzed by a typhoon… R We just Insane!??
Our heads of state are criminally insane. Biden’s dementia is visible to laypeople. He must be medicated most of the time.
i would say that is a truism, for 99% of the american populaton. It might be higher, but i’m being kind with the % estimate.
Not all insane people are criminal, I would say the nation is bonkers and very gullible, the political conmen/women have easy game.
The nation? Think outside of the box. Erase the idea of faux borders and think of it as People, societies, not nations. We need to grow the hell up as human beings and throw the flags away. Read this and see if it fits: https://worldservice.org/gov.html
Or to help rebuild Kentucky after the devastation wrought by floods and tornadoes.
Or helping to fight wildfires in the American West.
Or, of course, starving individuals in (name your undeveloped country).
Good thing de Insanus got those migrants bussed up north before Hurricane Ian hits Florida! 😆
Flown up. Enticed then trafficked. Shame on deAnus.
C’mon, you talk as though they were human beings.
They are throwing Ukraine and all of Europe under the bus, all for the gains of the war profiteers. They are the only winners, all others are the losers. What do the neocons expect to win when there is nothing but ruins, dust and graves left? left? And Biden the senile old war monger is getting ready to go to war against China. Where does the insanity stop and when??
The EU and NATO are already falling apart, that is what nihilists do, destroy and nothing else.
Zelenski is skating on thin ice.
He has to be very cautious how he sells and brings about his desired re-integration of Donbas with Ukraine. In every past election Russian-speakers were the substantial majority in the Donbas. The Ukrainian civil war in which both parties cannonaded one another before Putin attacked will therefore not end with the current international war, hence Zelenski’s vaunted victory may turn out to be hollow.
If he does not give the Donbas insurgents something along the lines of Minsk II that civil war will continue with other means.
Putin and the Donbas Russia-supporters also know that Zelensaki and his government is toast the moment Uncle Sam stops its dollar largess. If the international and civil wars are still on in 2024, then the continuation will much rest on who will be our next president.
Zelenski is skating on very, very thin ice. If he tries an Axle his war may crash through the ice it with him. The Axle is any attempt to “liberate” Crimea. Biden knows that too.
Euro-American barbarians have turned inward and are devouring their own small to medium sized businesses to fund hallucinations.
The smaller business people and squashed unions are slowly being forced into open rebellion against black suits with falsie shoulder pads and their pork bellied enforcers.
When they destroyed the middle stand in Germany after Versailles Hitler rose from the ashes. It looks much like this now, NS 1 & 2 is the spark this time, again the middle class is being demolished all over Europe, there is a price to be paid.
Both NS 1 &2 GAS PIPELINES WERE SABOTAGED, just as Biden knew back in March I believe, when he told the German journalist they know how to stop the gas supply while Scholz stood there in silence for a press conference.
The senile president and his criminal cabal will turn Europe into another Iraq.
There are some 30K American troops in Germany, the troops would be used by Biden to shoot and kill German demonstrators. They are still occupiers.
Russian soldiers are fighting for Europe, not just Russia.
The Biden government is the real global danger, they demolish the world economies and will kill millions in the process. War is profitable for them.
Russian State TV show.
Never ending blackhole – when trillions are spent down it, we’ll still have nothing to do show for it other than a huge pile of bodies. Just like Iraq and Afghanistan. Start negotiating now!
I noticed that in a recent distribution of taxpayer debt, a one billion dollar bone was thrown to our people serving in the armed forces of these United States.
Plenty of cash to start WWIII. For the American people not so much.
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