U.S. Ukraine vote caught by surprise, Kremlin rushes to respond

Subscriber+ Exclusive Report — Russian reactions to the new U.S. injection of aid to Ukraine have ranged from shrugs to outrage, from nuclear detonation threats to claims that $61 billion won’t change anything. Some of Russia’s top propaganda actors have responded with conspiracy theories and disinformation. Taken together, this is a chaotic situation that suggests the Kremlin was blindsided by last weekend’s vote.

For months, Russia thought this part of the Ukraine war had been won. The flow of billions of dollars in American military aid is winding down, and the Russian military will take advantage of Ukraine’s shrinking air defense network and rapidly growing advantage in ammunition supplies.

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