Zelensky And Entourage Embezzled 'At Least' $400M From U.S. Aid Sent to Ukraine, Seymour Hersh ReportsChris Menahan
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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.
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.
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.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.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.
Zelenskiy's office said it had accepted the resignation of Kyrylo Tymoshenko, 33, as its deputy head. He gave no reason.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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