Most of the billions of dollars in military aid from the U.S. and other nations never reaches Ukrainian soldiers battling Russia on the front lines, a new report said.
Meanwhile, the politicians in power in Kiev have reaped a windfall from that aid, giving themselves a 70 percent pay raise, The Gray Zone reported on Aug. 18.
“We, the Ukrainian soldiers, have nothing,” a soldier identified only as Ivan told The Gray Zone. “The things the soldiers have been given to use in the war came directly from volunteers. The aid that goes to our government will never reach us.”
The report noted that several of the individuals it interviewed for the report “requested to be quoted under assumed names to protect themselves from potential danger.”
Ivan told The Gray Zone that he is currently stationed in the Donbas region and is tasked with using small, consumer-grade drones to spot Russian positions for artillery targeting.
“There are so many problems on the front line now,” he said. “We don’t have an Internet connection, which makes our work basically impossible. We have to drive to get a connection on mobile devices. Can you imagine?”