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U.S. Money Committed to Ukraine Has Already Exceeded Cost of First 5 Years Afghan War

"We are going to support Ukraine as long as it takes," President Joe Biden said this week. Denis Doyle/Getty Images
“We are going to support Ukraine as long as it takes,” President Joe Biden said this week. Denis Doyle/Getty Images

In the roughly four months since Russia invaded Ukraine, the United States spent more money keeping Russia at bay than it did in the first five years of the Afghan conflict.

Overall, the United States has promised at least $54 billion in spending related to the war, some to support NATO nations, part to support Ukraine through “tradition channels” and other funding to support U.S. military in Europe, according to Fox News.

Direct military-related spending on the Ukraine war has reached $8 billion.

According to ForeignAssistance.gov, through 2006 the United States spent $7.4 billion in the first five years of its fight against the Taliban. The peak year for costs was 2011 when the U.S. spent $11.4 billion in its 20-year war that ended with the debacle of the evacuation from Kabul last summer.

Americans are divided about the cost of the war.

Although Ukraine defied expectations Russia would win a lightning war, the current efforts by Russia in part of Ukraine are paying off. Russia has solidified control of most of Luhansk Province in eastern Ukraine and is currently seeking to seize neighboring Donetsk Province, according to The New York Times.

A Saturday rocket attack on one village in Donetsk Province reportedly killed 15 people when an apartment complex was hit.

The Kharkiv region, also in the eastern part of Ukraine, is in danger of being annexed to Russia, according to The Washington Post.

Ukraine, while giving ground in the east, is preparing to regain ground lost in the south.

Iryna Vereshchuk, a deputy prime minister of Ukraine, urged Ukrainian civilians living in the region of Kherson to evacuate.

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