I wish they'd make up their mind on Ukraine
For almost a year now, I've been hearing from the news and certain internet voices about how Ukraine has been kicking Russia's ass. But the Washington Post recently published this account of the state of the war:
Russia is destroying Ukraine’s economy, raising costs for U.S. and allies
Story by Jeff Stein, David Stern • Wednesday
KYIV, Ukraine — Two months of relentless missile and drone attacks by Russia have decimated Ukraine’s critical infrastructure and blown a hole in projections for the country’s war-ravaged economy.
Before those strikes, Kyiv expected to need at least $55 billion in foreign assistance next year to meet basic expenses — more than the country’s entire annual prewar spending.
Now, with its energy systems severely battered, and more Russian attacks likely, some officials believe Ukraine could end up needing another $2 billion a month, and political leaders have begun trying to brace Western supporters for such worst-case scenarios.
“What do you do when you can’t heat your house, you can’t run your shops, factories or plants, and your economy is not working?” said Oleg Ustenko, an economic adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky. “We are going to be requiring more financial assistance, and Putin is doing this to destroy unity among allies.”
I guess we need to send more money.