Has Congress bowed down its $45 billion gift to Ukraine?

On December 23, Congress passed the 4,100+ page, $1.7 trillion spending bill that I’m sure everyone read in great detail before rushing to vote for Christmas.

After all, “War and Peace” is just over 1,400 pages, which means that this bill is nearly three times as long as “War and Peace,” and everyone is running to read “War and Peace” – three times – just before the Christmas holidays . To the right?

Who knows what’s in that bill? One of the things we know is that the bill almost includes $45 billion in additional aid to Ukraine. What I find surprising and a bit confusing is that as recently as November, the White House had asked Biden for an additional $37 billion for Ukraine. So Ukraine will get $8 billion more than the White House asked for.

Well, it only gets worse when you try to figure out how much money we’ve already given to Ukraine. In one Article November 18, 2022 said we gave Ukraine $68 billion, but another one Article on November 16 stated that we had given $54 billion. But what is the difference if we only talk about it 14 billion dollars? Especially among friends.

This brings total US aid to Ukraine to between $99 billion and $113 billion. To put this in perspective, The Jamestown Foundation estimated that Russia’s total defense spending in 2022 was just $77.7 billion. We could have just bought the Russian military and saved ourselves all this carnage.

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So is anyone really keeping track of all this money?

What is really disturbing is all the information about the purchases of the Ukrainian president’s inner circle Multi-million dollar mansions in Switzerland, with some of these homes costing up to $9 million. Unfortunately, that’s not all. Wealthy Ukrainians are apparently also buying in the southeastern European country of Montenegro Beachfront propertyReal estate values ​​up 50 percent.

Then there is evidence of money laundering by Ukrainian oligarchs through shell companies that disguise the identities of the owners when making purchases US factories and vast areas of commercial real estate, making them the largest real estate owners in the Midwest. additionally Kyiv Post has highlighted all the money being spent by Ukrainian oligarchs on planes, vehicles and mansions, and questioned where all that money is coming from, especially in a country where the median income is $500 a month.

Let’s focus on Volodymyr Zelenskyy. forbes put Zelenskyy’s net worth at $20-30 million, which is far more than he could have earned as a humble TV actor and comedian.

After The guardZelenskyi is said to be under the influence of Ukrainian billionaire Igor Kolomoisky, whose TV network aired Zelenskyi’s sitcom Servant of the People, in which a schoolteacher, upset by his country’s corruption, runs for and wins the presidency.

It is claimed that Kolomoisky switched from Zelenskyy during the actual presidential election campaign $41 million to offshore companies of Zelenskyy and his circle. It is also stated that in addition to financial support, Kolomoisky provided Zelenskyy with a car and his personal lawyer as a campaign adviser and advertised his candidacy in several media outlets owned by him.

After forbesKolomoisky was interested in acquiring a steel mill, so he sent “hundreds of hired thugs armed with baseball bats, iron bars, gas and rubber bullet guns, and chain saws [to] forcibly [take over] the plant.”

It should be noted that Kolomoisky was in March 2021 banned from the US due to its “significant corruption”. Politically reports that the Justice Department is investigating Kolomoisky analyst It could be the “biggest money laundering case in history”. Why aren’t we hearing about it?

It is also fascinating to note that noisy New York PostPart of Kolomoisky’s financial empire is Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian energy company that employed Hunter Biden as a board member for $50,000 a month.

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I’m sure it’s just a coincidence, but when Zelenskyy was elected president, “he deposed Kolomoisky’s opponents, the Attorney General, the Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine and his own prime minister, who were trying to regulate Kolomoisky’s control of a state. own electricity company”, so CovertAction Magazine.

I thought what an older colleague Ted Carpenter of that is CATO Institute said about Ukraine was worth repeating: “[Ukraine] is not a symbol of freedom and liberal democracy, and the war is not an existential struggle between democracy and authoritarianism. At best, Ukraine is a corrupt, quasi-democratic entity with worryingly repressive policies.”

Let’s see – the US gave Ukraine about $100 billion without anyone doing the accounting. Hmm… with 10 percent for the “big guy‘ That would be $10 billion. Why, Joe Biden might just make history again by not just getting more votes than any president in US history, but also with a presidential salary of only $200,000 and still ends up being one of the richest men in the world.

As a taxpayer, I have a question. With all the money spent, is it possible that we could hire at least one honest accountant? Make him a billionaire, maybe he’s not for sale. I mean, what’s another billion or so – among friends.

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