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Zelensky Caught Stealing ‘At Least’ $400 MILLION From U.S. Aid Sent to Ukraine Yet Biden Keeps Writing Checks

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Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky together with senior government officials and thirty-five generals embezzled what the CIA estimates is “at least” $400 million in US aid funds meant to buy diesel fuel for the Ukrainian army, famed investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reports.

Zelensky’s entourage reportedly used the skimmed funds to buy Mercedes and Porsches and live lives of opulence.

From Seymour Hersh, “Trading With The Enemy”:

The Ukraine government, headed by Volodymyr Zelensky, has been using American taxpayers’ funds to pay dearly for the vitally needed diesel fuel that is keeping the Ukrainian army on the move in its war with Russia. It is unknown how much the Zelensky government is paying per gallon for the fuel, but the Pentagon was paying as much as $400 per gallon to transport gasoline from a port in Pakistan, via truck or parachute, into Afghanistan during the decades-long American war there.

What also is unknown is that Zelensky has been buying the fuel from Russia, the country with which it, and Washington, are at war, and the Ukrainian president and many in his entourage have been skimming untold millions from the American dollars earmarked for diesel fuel payments. One estimate by analysts from the Central Intelligence Agency put the embezzled funds at $400 million last year, at least; another expert compared the level of corruption in Kiev as approaching that of the Afghan war, “although there will be no professional audit reports emerging from the Ukraine.”

“Zelensky’s been buying discount diesel from the Russians,” one knowledgeable American intelligence official told me. “And who’s paying for the gas and oil? We are. Putin and his oligarchs are making millions” on it.

Many government ministries in Kiev have been literally “competing,” I was told, to set up front companies for export contracts for weapons and ammunition with private arms dealers around the world, all of which provide kickbacks. Many of those companies are in Poland and Czechia, but others are thought to exist in the Persian Gulf and Israel. “I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that there are others in places like the Cayman Islands and Panama, and there are lots of Americans involved,” an American expert on international trade told me.

The issue of corruption was directly raised with Zelensky in a meeting last January in Kiev with CIA Director William Burns. His message to the Ukrainian president, I was told by an intelligence official with direct knowledge of the meeting, was out of a 1950s mob movie. The senior generals and government officials in Kiev were angry at what they saw as Zelensky’s greed, so Burns told the Ukrainian president, because “he was taking a larger share of the skim money than was going to the generals.”

Burns also presented Zelensky with a list of thirty-five generals and senior officials whose corruption was known to the CIA and others in the American government. Zelensky responded to the American pressure ten days later by publicly dismissing ten of the most ostentatious officials on the list and doing little else. “The ten he got rid of were brazenly bragging about the money they had — driving around Kiev in their new Mercedes,” the intelligence official told me.

According to The Eurasian Times, Hersh also reported the White House is preparing for the war to potentially be settled in months (Hersh’s full story is behind a paywall):

The official said that while the White House lacks clarity on its policy in Ukraine, the Pentagon is somewhat optimistically preparing for an end to the conflict. Two months ago, the US Joint Chiefs tasked members of the staff with drafting an end-of-war treaty to present to the Russians “after their defeat on the Ukraine battlefield,” Hersh said, citing a source.

But it remains unclear what will happen if the Pentagon’s scenario goes wrong and Ukrainian forces fail on the battlefield: Will the two American brigades deployed close to the war zone “join forces with NATO troops and face off with the Russian army inside Ukraine?” Hersh asks.

Hersh also reported there’s a rift between the US intelligence community and the White House over the bombing of the Nord Stream pipelines and Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan mismanaging the broader Ukraine conflict.

From The Eurasian Times:

Meanwhile, Hersh, citing an intelligence official, said that the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines and lack of strategic planning with regard to Ukraine had caused a growing rift between the White House and the US intelligence community.

“There is a total breakdown between the White House leadership and the intelligence community,” the intelligence official was quoted by Hersh as saying.

The alleged rift dates back to the covert operation last fall to blow up Russia’s Nord Stream pipelines, a move that was purportedly ordered by President Joe Biden.

“Destroying the Nord Stream pipelines was never discussed, or even known in advance, by the community,” the official said.

Zelensky’s firing of several top officials earlier this year has been clouded in mystery up to this point.

Reuters reported on a few details which came out in January:

Deputy Defence Minister Vyacheslav Shapovalov tendered his resignation after a local media report accused the ministry of paying inflated prices for food supplies, an old trick used by corrupt officials to skim off money.

Reuters continued:

Zelenskiy’s office said it had accepted the resignation of Kyrylo Tymoshenko, 33, as its deputy head. He gave no reason.

Tymoshenko worked on Zelenskiy’s election campaign and had been in his post since 2019, overseeing the regions and regional policies. He had been criticised by local media for driving flashy cars during the invasion, though he denied wrongdoing and said the vehicles had been rented.

Tymoshenko was exposed last year by a citizen journalist who photographed him driving around in a new 2021 Porsche Taycan:

Before the media decided to turn Zelensky into the world’s great leader and anoint him The Person of the Year, Zelensky was exposed by the Pandora Papers leak for having hid tens of millions of dollars in offshore bank accounts given to him from the billions of dollars corrupt Jewish-Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky had looted from Ukraine.

Despite Ukraine being rich with natural resources and “the breadbasket of Europe,” Ukrainians are the poorest people in all of Europe thanks to corrupt rulers like Zelensky and Kolomoisky bleeding their country dry.

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1 year ago

10% baby!

1 year ago

We had capital gains last year and just sent a big check to the government. It was painful anyway and things like this just make it worse. We need more oversight of exactly where our tax dollars go and we’re sure not getting that from Congress no matter who’s in power.

1 year ago

It’s like I have said 2 Years ago Ukraine was a corrupt country, now we’re sending them billions of dollars that we don’t have. What’s wrong with this picture.