Veteran journalist Seymour Hersh revealed that, according to sources familiar with the matter, the amount could be as high as $400 million.
In his latest Substack article, Hersh delved into the rampant corruption allegedly taking place among Ukraine's political elite, suggesting the situation is worse than most people think.
He explained that according to one source in the American intelligence community, Zelensky has been purchasing "discount diesel" from Russia with American money, and stashing the leftover funds.
"The Ukrainian president and many in his entourage have been skimming untold millions from the American dollars earmarked for diesel fuel payments," Hersh wrote. Analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency, he continued, put the number at "$400 million last year, at least," while another expert likened the level of corruption in Ukraine to that of the war in Afghanistan. During that conflict, the US was paying up to $400 per gallon to move fuel from foreign ports into the nation. It has not been revealed how much is being paid for diesel in Ukraine.
As Hersh pointed out, CIA Director William Burns confronted Zelensky on the issue of corruption during a meeting in January, telling the Ukranian president that other officials were mad at him for "taking a larger share of the skim money than was going to the generals."
Burns provided Zelensky with a list of high-ranking Ukrainian officials known by the CIA as corrupt, and he responded by firing ten who had been "brazenly bragging about the money they had."
According to the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, the US has provided Ukraine with over $35 billion in aid since Russia launched its "premeditated, unprovoked, and brutal war" against the sovereign nation.
While the US has been, by far, the greatest supplier of aid to Ukraine, dozens of other countries have stepped up to provide financial, military, and humanitarian support.
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