WASHINGTON, DC – Despite the fact that Americans are financially suffering due to a recession (or at least what was a recession before the White House changed the definition), Joe Biden is set to deliver a $1 billion “security assistance package” to Ukraine, according to Reuters.
Three sources “briefed on the matter” discussed the package with the news outlet, who reported that included will be munitions for HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems), NASAMS (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System, and “as many as 50 M113 armored medical transports.”
Biden is expected to announce the exorbitant amount of money being sent on Monday. This is one of the largest spending packages the US has given to Ukraine since the military conflict with Russia began on February 24, and this amount brings the total to approximately $9.8 billion since the same date.
The sources did say, however, that since Biden hasn’t yet signed the package, it could change in both content and cost before it’s finalized.
The weapons package would have the ability to be funded due to the Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA). This allows presidents to authorize “the transfer of articles and services from U.S. stocks without congressional approval in response to an emergency.”
This package comes less than a week after the Pentagon’s announcement of another “security assistance package” with munitions for the HMARS worth about $550 million.
In late June, the Pentagon also approved a plan to allow wounded Ukrainian soldiers to be treated at a US hospital in Germany, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, which is next to the Ramstein Air Base near Frankfurt and is the largest US hospital outside the country.
American soldiers have been training Ukrainians in Germany and have not yet been ordered to physically participate outside of the training in the Russia/Ukraine war that we know of.
Red Voice Media reported on a $1.7 billion gift to the Ukraine in mid-July. That gift was reportedly for “humanitarian purposes,” allegedly meant to pay the hospital workers as well as “essential services.” At that time, Ukraine’s Minister of Health, Viktor Liashko, said that paying the salaries of the health care workers was “becoming more difficult each month due to the overwhelming burden of war.”
In a statement, Liashko said, “USD 1.7 billion is not just yet another financial support; it is an investment that makes us a step closer to victory.” It’s unclear what the US is getting out of the seemingly endless “investment,” which, if this most recent weapons package does indeed get signed off by Biden, will be quickly approaching $10 billion to the Ukraine since February.
In late June, CNN reported, “Advisors to President Joe Biden have begun debating internally how and whether Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky should shift his definition of a Ukrainian ‘victory’ — adjusting for the possibility that his country has shrunk irreversibly.”