Day 164: US Readies $1B Weapons Package for Ukraine; War to Enter New Phase, UK Intelligence Says

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    The Facts

    • The US is reportedly preparing a $1B military aid package for Ukraine - the largest since the war began. Though the contents could change before the package is signed off, it will reportedly include more ammunition for rocket systems as well as National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) for the first time.

    • The package is also set to include roughly 50 M113 armoured medical vehicles. If approved, it would take US spending on Ukraine to roughly $10B.

    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    Making sure Ukraine continues to be well-armed is the only way to fend off Putin and Russia in this unprovoked war of aggression. The US and NATO must not simply offer up their latest and most hi-tech weapons however; combat is about supply lines and the West must ensure basic equipment and ammunition are kept flowing as needed.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    Multi-billion dollar weapons packages will make little difference in the outcome of the war. The US has been meddling in Ukraine since the end of the Cold War, and what we're witnessing is a geopolitical Ponzi scheme to benefit those aligned with the military-industrial complex. War is a lucrative racket.

    Nerd narrative

    There is an 10% chance that Dnipro will be under Russian control by June 1, 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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