How Do U.S. Weapons Actually Get Across the Ukraine Border?

Wes O'Donnell
5 min readMay 24, 2023
A Senior Airman with the 436th Aerial Port Squadron cargo processor, palletizes ammunition, weapons, and other equipment bound for Ukraine during a foreign military sales mission at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, Jan. 21, 2022. The United States reaffirms its steadfast commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in support of a secure and prosperous Ukraine. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mauricio Campino) Public domain

Since the war began, the United States has directed more than $75 billion in assistance to Ukraine, according to the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, a German research institute. Granted, some of those funds are for humanitarian purposes, not just weaponry.

Still, that’s more money than the U.S. spent on military aid to Afghanistan between 2001 and 2020…

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Wes O'Donnell

US Army & US Air Force Veteran | Global Security guy at War is Boring, GEN, OneZero | Intel Forecaster | Law Student | TEDx Speaker | +Democracy | +Human Rights