Pelosi fast-tracks bill to funnel more weapons to Ukraine
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has fast-tracked Ukrainian weapons funding legislation. | Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call via AP

U.S. officials are planning to rush through a major bill that will dramatically bolster weapons allocations for Ukraine and increase funding for anti-Russian propaganda and intelligence, it was announced on Tuesday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she was fast-tracking the bill, called the “Defending Ukraine Sovereignty Act of 2022,” straight to the House of Representatives. It will see $500 million from the Foreign Military Financing program sent to Ukraine for 2022.

The bill could be voted on as early as next week.

The legislation would give Ukraine priority for excess defense equipment transfer and aid the country’s cyber defense, paving the way for U.S. sanctions in the event of any cyber attack.

Funds would also be spent on anti-Russian propaganda channeled through media outlets, including the CIA-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, which was established during the Cold War as an explicitly anti-communist news organization pumping propaganda into the Soviet-aligned states of Eastern Europe.

The bill also authorizes sanctions if President Joe Biden believes Russia has engaged in a “significant escalation in hostilities.” It could see Russian President Vladimir Putin targeted, along with senior government and military officials.

Russian financial institutions, energy producers, and those involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project, which some say is one of the reasons for the U.S. drive to war, would also be threatened.

The European Union and NATO have joined Washington in its aggressive drive to war with Russia, ratcheting up the pressure on a number of fronts.

The U.S. has delivered 90 tons of “lethal aid” as weapons flow into Ukraine while mobilizing warships to the Black Sea and a surge in troops encircling Russia.

At the same time, a propaganda war waged through Western mainstream media has sought to portray Russia as the aggressor, despite Moscow’s insistence that it has no plans for military intervention in Ukraine.

Much of this has been dismissed as “Western hysteria” by Russia, which has accused intelligence services of running a “psyops” campaign to soften public opinion for war.

On Tuesday, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Ukrainian officials had been informed and explicitly involved in its written response to Russia’s proposals on security guarantees.

He said that any Russian incursion would be met with “a swift, severe, and united response” from the U.S. and its allies.

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Steve Sweeney
Steve Sweeney

Steve Sweeney writes for Morning Star, the socialist daily newspaper published in Great Britain. He is also a People's Assembly National Committee member, patron of the Peace in Kurdistan campaign, and a proud trade unionist. Steve Sweeney escribe para Morning Star, el diario socialista publicado en Gran Bretaña. También es miembro del Comité Nacional de la Asamblea Popular, patrocinador de la campaña Paz en Kurdistán y un orgulloso sindicalista.