After Over 8 Months of Pouring Arms Into Ukraine, US Announces Some Oversight

Anti-War – by Dave DeCamp

After over eight months of pouring tens of billions of dollars worth of weapons into Ukraine, the Biden administration has announced some steps it will take toward oversight of the military aid. 

The State Department announced the plan on October 27. It focuses on keeping powerful portable weapons like Javelin anti-tank missiles and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles off the black market. Responsible Statecraft reported that experts are warning the plan has gaps and doesn’t address the issue of smaller arms.

The State Department said in order to achieve its oversight goals, the US will bolster the ability of Ukraine and other regional countries “to account for and safeguard their arms and ammunition,” strengthen borders, and bolster security agencies to “deter, detect, and interdict illicit trafficking of certain advanced conventional weapons.”

Another aspect of the effort is in-person inspections of US weapons inside Ukraine that are being conducted by the US military. The Pentagon revealed on Monday that its personnel has begun conducting these inspections inside the country, marking the first official confirmation of a US military presence on the ground in Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24.

The Pentagon did not provide much detail on where the inspections are taking place but said they are being conducted by personnel based at the US Embassy in Kyiv. Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder told reporters on Tuesday that there are US Marines at the embassy conducting guard duties on top of the weapons inspectors.

Ryder also said that the inspectors will not be near the “front lines.” According to media reports, US special operations forces and CIA operatives are also on the ground in Ukraine, but the covert operations have not been officially confirmed by Washington. President Biden had repeatedly said he wouldn’t send troops into Ukraine, which he said before Russia’s invasion could spark a “world war.”

Up to this point, there has been virtually no oversight of the billions in weapons being sent to Ukraine. Finnish law enforcement said earlier this week that they have seen weapons sent to Ukraine ending up in criminal hands in Finland and other countries in the region, including Sweden, Denmark, and the Netherlands. An official from Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation said they’re “going to be dealing with these arms for decades and pay the price here.”

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2 thoughts on “After Over 8 Months of Pouring Arms Into Ukraine, US Announces Some Oversight

  1. So I guess Biden is sick and tired of being blackmailed by Zelensky…. and will Zelensky respond by releasing all the info on Joe and Hunter’s criminality including Burisma over not getting all the “loot” he wants? Bwahahahahahahahahahahahah….

  2. Actually, watch this interview by Redacted with Col. Douglas Macgregor stating that this “oversight” thing is nothing more than a cover for them to send in troops and pretend that they are investigating when in actuality they are getting ready for all out war. He said there are soldiers scouting out areas for bases from where they can plan and initiate an attack. He even says they already have a Russian government in exile (aka puppet government) setup and ready to take over Russia (as if they think they can win against Russia at this time, especially since they don’t have the numbers or support and they are the bad guys in all of this) in the event that it goes under much like what they did in Libya and the rest of North Africa. Basically same playbook, different country.

    Anyways, it would all definitely make sense.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=d4yt16j-Ah8

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