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Congress earmarks $350M for weapons to Ukraine, to attack civilians and crush dissent [updated]

December 14, 2014

Continuing with our tradition of stepping into foreign conflicts, identifying the most unprincipled party, and giving them weapons — a bill was apparently passed to give the Ukraine’s government lethal aid, and declare it a “major ally”.

In the past year, the government which came to power in the wake of the Maidan coup d’etat fought but failed to win a civil war with separatists in Donetsk and Lugansk. The breakaway provinces declared independence from the post-coup Kiev government, which the heavily Russian-cultured local population felt was undemocratic (the Kiev government banned opposing political parties), and violently ultra-nationalist (much of the state security function was turned over to privately sponsored militias manned by extremists. This was likely in part due to infighting among Ukraine’s oligarchs over who gets to take over the former turf of ousted former president Yanukovich, and in part because Ukraine’s regular army didn’t really support the post-Maidan government’s policy of attacking its own citizens.)

During this civil war, Kiev’s main tactic was artillery fire against densely populated civilian areas, widely considered a war crime. Our taxpayer dollars are now going to directly support more of this.

Update – here’s the actual text. Reads like a declaration of war — not kidding:

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