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The U.S. Military Budget

The U.S. is on target to increase its already gargantuan military budget, the largest in the world. The Senate passed the $858 billion defense policy bill on Thursday. It passed the House of Representatives last week. The President will certainly sign it.

This bill is up from last year’s $778 billion. And what for? Well here is one thing: patriot missiles for Ukraine. The New York Times reports that the U.S. could soon “approve sending its most advanced ground-based air defense system to Ukraine.”

Will it work? Russia’s Strategic Missile Forces said that the country’s newest intercontinental ballistic missile can penetrate any existing or future anti-missile system.

According to reports, the U.S. is breaking its resolve not to send these weapons based on Russia’s attack on Ukrainian infrastructure, leaving millions without power. Meanwhile, Ukraine has stepped up its 8-year siege on the city of Donetsk with the largest-scale attack since 2014. Reports are that rockets hit civilian centers, including a cathedral and near a school.

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