Mass grave of mostly unidentified people near the town of Brovary, Ukraine, on April 8, 2023.
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A US veteran slammed Mike Johnson and MAGA Republicans for blocking aid to Ukraine.John Jackson said he saw mass graves in Ukraine and evil in apartheid South Africa as a child.The GOP is “supporting the genocide of innocent people,” he said.
A US veteran who says he fought in Ukraine blasted House Speaker Mike Johnson, MAGA Republicans, and those who are blocking aid to Ukraine.
In a video posted on X, formerly Twitter, John Jackson directly addressed those he accused, saying: “If your life’s work is going to be about power and corruption and supporting the genocide of innocent people, hey man, that’s your epitaph.”
House Speaker Mike Johnson refused to bring up aid to Ukraine on the House floor on Tuesday, after months of talks to tie money for Ukraine and Israel to stricter enforcement measures on the US-Mexico border.
Last week, the EU agreed on a $54 billion support package for Ukraine, after much internal wrangling, but the money is set to cover pensions, state salaries, and payments for those displaced by the war.
The decision on whether to give further financial aid is seen as crucial for Ukraine, as it depends on the West for ammunition and weapons to continue its fight against Russia.
The White House and war experts have said that Ukraine would fall without additional aid.
“Let me make this even more concise for you people — how much genocide is enough? How many dead babies does it take?” Jackson, the US veteran, said.
He also claimed to have seen the mass grave in Izium, a city in Ukraine that was eventually recaptured from Russia.
A mass grave in the middle of a forest in Izium, Ukraine, on February 28, 2023.
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Jackson said he joined a Ukrainian infantry unit in 2023 because he felt “compelled to go” after being kidnapped as a four-year-old child in apartheid South Africa.
“I saw the apartheid regime from a young age. Even as a four, five, and six-year-old, I knew that shit was wrong,” he said.
During his time serving in Ukraine’s military, Jackson said he saw people from all walks of life, including soldiers as young as 17, old people, and women fighting like “fucking lions,” undermanned and underequipped against “overwhelming odds.”
Jackson added that he grew up under President Ronald Reagan and “heard his words during the Cold War,” which was why he said he used to be a Republican.
“It’s a black-and-white thing,” he said, referring to Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
Jackson added: “However imperfect we may be, we can come together on the simple fucking question that genocide is bad.”