U.S. Tax Dollars in Ukraine Support More Than Just Military Assistance

(TargetDailyNews.com) – Over the weekend, 60 Minutes reported that American taxpayers are not only providing billions in military assistance to Ukraine but are also subsidizing Ukrainian farms and small businesses and paying the salaries of the country’s first responders.

Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the U.S. has provided over $70 billion in aid, $43 billion of which was military aid.

Additionally, the United States has supplied Ukraine with military weapons and equipment, including more than 180 Bradley fighting vehicles, each worth about $2 million.

But it isn’t just military assistance that American taxpayers are providing Ukraine.

According to 60 Minutes, taxpayers have also poured nearly $25 billion into the Ukrainian economy since the start of the war.

In 2022, Ukraine’s economy contracted by an estimated 31 percent, according to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). To keep the country’s economy afloat as the war rages on, the federal government has subsidized small businesses, purchased fertilizer and seeds for farmers, and covered the salaries of all 57,000 first responders.

But with all of this money come concerns about corruption.

Ukraine has a history of government corruption and is ranked the second-most corrupt European country by the monitoring group Transparency International. Only Russia is ranked more corrupt than Ukraine.

Last year, the Pentagon’s Office of the Inspector General found that the U.S. could not monitor the weapons transfers made in the early months of the war, in part due to its embassy staff being evacuated from Kyiv. As a result, some weapons and equipment fell into the hands of criminal groups.

Ukrainian member of parliament Oleksandra Ustinova, a former anti-corruption activist who chairs the commission tracking all military aid, told 60 Minutes that there are online databases that track the serial numbers of everything the U.S. has supplied to Ukraine, and the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv has access to them.

U.S. officials are currently investigating four criminal cases involving the misuse of non-military aid. Additionally, 170 Ukrainian officials, including high-ranking officers, have been charged this year in corruption cases like accepting bribes and embezzlement.

Copyright 2023, TargetDailyNews.com