The United States has spent more money funding the Russia/Ukraine conflict, a war they are not directly involved in, than they did throughout the 9-year-long Afghanistan war.
Since the war’s beginning in Feb. 2022, President Joe Biden has sent a total of $46.6 billion in financial aid to Ukraine, as of Jan. 15, 2023, Statista reported. While it took 9 years for the U.S. to spend $43.3 billion in the Afghanistan conflict, it took less than one year for the U.S. to exceed that number.
The Biden-directed funding for Ukraine makes the Russia-Ukraine conflict the most expensive war conflict the United States has funded in the past four decades.
US military aid to Ukraine exceeds the costs of Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/RXgDz7dbin
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) February 25, 2023
The Statista infographic seen above was based on calculations determined by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. The Kiel Institute has a Ukraine Support Tracker on its website that is consistently updated.
It appears the Biden White House has no intention to ease their financial support of Ukraine and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
On Thursday, Biden’s treasury secretary, Janet Yellen announced the U.S. will be shipping $10 billion more dollars to Ukraine over the next couple of months. “Providing economic assistance has made Ukraine’s resistance possible by supporting the home front, funding critical public services, and helping keep the government running. In the coming months, we expect to provide around $10 billion in additional economic support for Ukraine,” Yellen said, Trending Politics reported.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky criticized any concerned U.S. citizen that is skeptical of the United States’ unwavering financial aid earlier this week. Zelensky was asked at a press conference, “There are polls in the United States that suggest that a growing number of Americans believe that the U.S. is giving too much support to Ukraine. What would your message be, on the anniversary, to those Americans?”
The Ukrainian president answered with a stern response, threatening dangerous global affairs implications for the U.S. should the funding end. “If they don’t change their opinion, if they don’t support Ukraine, they will lose NATO and they will lose their leadership position in the world,” he explained.
Zelensky is asked about opinion polls showing Americans think they're giving too much to Ukraine: “If they don’t change their opinion, if they don’t support Ukraine, they will lose NATO and they will lose their leadership position in the world.” pic.twitter.com/bNbB3kAbNx
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) February 24, 2023