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Russia Moves in on Severodonetsk, But There’s More to the Story

The Russian military took control of a key Ukrainian stronghold. At least that’s the headline from the Wall Street Journal to justify even more foreign aid.

The Conflict

Russia is significantly ramping up the intensity of its attack on Donbas. CBC reports that Russia is using “vacuum bombs” to cripple Ukrainian infrastructure. The Donbas region is (or was) Ukraine’s industrial powerhouse. If Russia were to take control, they would be gaining a significant foothold in their campaign.

In the Donbas region, Severodonetsk serves as one of Kyiv’s most important strategic positions. Vladimir Putin’s forces took substantial ground in skirmishes on Tuesday. While they do not have complete control, western nations are already responding with a vengeance.

The Gifts

The United States is arming Ukraine with rockets that could effectively double their current strike range. Biden plans to send a Multiple Guided Rocket Launch System. This would be the first 155-mm artillery system we will have sent them and it will cost taxpayers around $800 million in total.

From the Wall Street Journal, here is a list of everything contained in the package:

  • 18 155-mm howitzers and 40,000 artillery rounds
  • 10 AN/TPQ-36 counter-artillery radars
  • Two AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel air-surveillance radars
  • 300 Switchblade Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • 500 Javelin missiles and thousands of other antiarmor systems
  • 200 M113 armored personnel carriers
  • 100 Armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles
  • 11 Mi-17 helicopters
  • Unmanned coastal-defense vessels
  • Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear protective equipment
  • Medical equipment
  • 30,000 sets of body armor and helmets
  • Over 2,000 optics and laser rangefinders
  • C-4 explosives and demolition equipment for obstacle clearing
  • M18A1 Claymore antipersonnel munitions configured to be consistent with the Ottawa Convention

This $800 million is far from the first stimulus package we’ve given Zelensky.

A Cause for Pause

It’s clear that US and western aid more generally has helped the Ukrainian defense. That goes without saying. What doesn’t is this: is it wise for the US to be throwing money at Ukraine?

Our economy is in shambles. Gas prices are soaring, parents can’t find formula for their infants, and everyday goods are reaching record prices. Furthermore, the money we’re sending to Ukraine, isn’t the only price we’re paying for this war.

An EU ban on Russian imports caused crude oil to spike over $110 a barrel. Triple A data has the national average of gas prices at $4.59 per gallon already. This is more than a quarter more than the previous all-time record set on March 11 at $4.33. This is $1.55 higher than where those prices were last year.

California gas prices are already over $6 on average per gallon. Grim research foretells the same grizzly fate for the rest of the country too. Analysts from JP Morgan warn that the entire country’s average will pass $6 by August.

Gas is rapidly approaching $6 a gallon across this country largely because of embargoes on Russia. Is it worth strangling our entire economy for a conflict that doesn’t even directly involve us?

Wait… It Gets Worse

If the Biden Administration would simply drop gas taxes and allow drilling on public lands, we might see those prices drop in a hurry. Instead, they have opted to compound the problem. On May 19th, the Senate approved a whopping $40 billion dollars to go to Ukraine’s war effort in a conflict that isn’t even our own.

For reference, that’s more than the entire US budget for General Science, Space, and Technology. Yes, in one of many packages to Ukraine, we spent more than we do on our own research here at home. This is your tax money.

So I’ll leave you with a simple question: Should we keep spending money on someone else’s war? Or should we solve our own problems first? Call your congressmen, make sure they know exactly what and who we’re fighting for.

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5 thoughts on “Russia Moves in on Severodonetsk, But There’s More to the Story”

  1. If America is going to help Ukraine win the war
    with Russia we need to do same in a more rapid
    pace. Seems Equipt we are sending arrives too
    late to stall the Russian advances. Also, we are
    not utilizing all the strength of NATO members,
    There should be more effort from the EU countries
    because if Russia us successful in winning war
    with Ukraine the neighboring countries in the
    area is next on Putin’s list LS

  2. History is replete with good guys helping other good people. If the French did not help the Colonists defeat the British, the US Revolution would have failed. WW1, WW2, we defeated tyranny. Putin, like Hitler is an evil madman. How many Jews died before he was stopped? Putin’s genocide of Ukraine must be stopped by good people, otherwise he will continue to annex the former USSR. We must help our brothers. Taiwan is next. Sadly, we have a weak and cowardly government.
    Finally, we need to retain the 2A. As Zelenskyy stated, the people need to be equally armed as the oppressors, and as our US founders realized – that oppression could even come from our own government! The first thing dictators do is disarm the populace. Protect our schools, with armed guards just like Congress has.

  3. Your question could have been (and was) asked in early 1941. Would you have said to the US citizens “let them (France and England) fight their own battles”?
    Perhaps you would – many people said that then.
    I think we now know people like Stalin and Hitler and Putin will push until they get what they want. And the list of what they want grows as they get what they claimed.
    I think it is in our countries interest to make it more expensive for Russia and Putin, so much more that they (Russia and Putin) will even back off. We are hobbled by cutting down our own supplies and gas that we could be shipping to Germany and France. Our self-hobbling is now clearly seen to be a mistake if we are trying to stop Russian war making in Ukraine.
    I think the cost of helping Ukraine is worth it. And apparently almost all our European friends (Except possibly Turkey) think it is worth it too.

  4. all they have to dp is open drill here isa and not bu snyehere elese look at the tax they would get with peole worling

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