New Military Aid Package Unveiled for Ukraine, But Nothing for Lahaina Survivors

The United States revealed this assistance on Tuesday, aiming to bolster Ukrainian forces as Russia continues its aggressive actions against Ukraine’s people. Karine Jean-Pierre, a spokesperson for the White House, highlighted the purpose of the aid package, stating that it would aid Ukrainian forces in combat situations.

The recently announced military aid package for Ukraine, valued at $250 million, includes provisions such as AIM-9M missiles for air defense, mine detection systems, and Javelin missiles.

The aid comprises AIM-9M missiles designed for air defense, equipment for mine detection systems, and Javelin missiles, which have proven effective in targeting Russian armored vehicles.

The U.S. will also dispatch a significant quantity of ammunition, encompassing various weapon types. This includes ammunition tailored for the HIMARS rocket system, along with 155mm and 105mm artillery ammunition. Additionally, the aid package includes three million rounds of small arms ammunition.

Since the commencement of the conflict in Ukraine, the United States has allocated approximately $63 billion in assistance to Ukraine, of which over $43 billion has been directed towards military support.

On the same Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky criticized Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s peace proposal, which suggested the possibility of territorial concessions. Zelensky asserted that the war is located in Ukraine and not in Russia, Brazil, Africa, or the U.S. He emphasized the importance of understanding the context and the affected parties before making statements about such matters.

Conversely, there has been no substantial aid provided by the U.S. government to support survivors of the Lahaina wildfire caused by government negligence.

“Okay, I don’t really know how to start this, but I just wanted to spread the message to people on mainland about what’s really going on here because the media isn’t doing us any good at all. Um, we’re not okay. We’re not okay. Um, we are emotionally damaged. A lot of people are physically injured. A lot of people have lost their family members.

Only 25% of the burn zone has been searched and there’s already been 110 deaths and it hasn’t been the high impact zone like we’re fucked. There’s over 1300 people without a roof over their head right now, me included. I’m lucky enough to have friends but all of us are fucked.

They’re putting us in 30 day like hotel stays in order to find everybody houses but in a place where it’s hard enough to find housing and hard enough to find jobs as it is, now that there is more people looking for jobs and there is less houses available on the island, everybody’s fucked. And the thing, the thing for me is that…

There is this grand sense of community here, like nothing like I’ve ever seen before. The gay pride marches, Black Lives Matter protests. I have never seen so many people come together and give up their own beds for people that just lost their house. But that’s the problem. It’s that nobody else is doing anything. Nobody is helping. It’s all kanaka.

People that live are the only ones that are helping at all. People that live are the only ones that are helping at all that all of the people on mainland are doing anything wrong. It’s not your fault, but the government helping it all. And nobody seems to have any idea what’s going on over here.

This is the biggest natural disaster. It’s caused the most deaths in US history. Like isn’t there more fucking going on? Like I’ve calmed down. I’ve talked to so many of my friends on mainland that quite literally have no idea that there is 1300 people packed in shelters and living out of their cars and having to move onto the streets and that aren’t getting assistance and that aren’t getting walked through these steps.

They have no idea that the death count is so big. They have no idea that the majority of people that have perished are going to be the elderly and the children. They have no idea that our alarm system on this island is the biggest strongest in the entire nation. I think it might be the strongest in the whole world, but not a single fucking sign off.

Why is this not bigger news? Like, our government fucked us, didn’t give us any warning, we had to flee our houses, we lost fucking everything, and nobody knows. 1300 people are displaced right now and hundreds are fucking dead. Why does nobody know? And I’m sorry, I wanted to add one more thing. It’s that this isn’t like, a fast road.

There’s almost no recovering from this, especially not in a decade, maybe not in two. Who’s to say? But our biggest industry over here is tourism, and now that our biggest tourist city burnt down, we are going to lose so many jobs. So many people are going to continue to lose their houses.

People are going to have to sell their land to sources that they shouldn’t, just because nobody’s going to be able to afford anything. Like, this isn’t… This isn’t… a ball game. This… We’re going to be working on this for decades, and we’re going to need support for decades, and it’s pretty obvious that…

No one is gonna stick around and help. Nobody showed up in the first place, really. So, just spread the message. Yeah, it’s sad, but spread it.”

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