Russian State Media Picks Up Lauren Boebert's Claims Ukraine Aid Is 'Scam'

Russian news agency TASS has quoted Colorado Representative Lauren Boebert in a report after she said the aid being sent to Ukraine from the United States is a "scam."

On Friday, CBS News' Twitter page shared a trailer for its Arming Ukraine documentary and said the money being sent to Ukraine was not regularly reaching its destination.

"The new CBS Reports documentary, 'Arming Ukraine, explores why much of the billions of dollars of military aid that the U.S. is sending to Ukraine doesn't make it to the front lines: Like 30 percent of it reaches its final destination," the tweet read. The tweet by CBS has since been deleted.

Boebert shared this tweet on Saturday and added she believed the aid being sent to the country fighting with Russia was a "scam."

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) speaks at a House Second Amendment Caucus press conference at the U.S. Capitol on June 08, 2022 in Washington, DC. Kevin Dietsch/Getty

"How many people were called Russian bots for saying this exact same thing since March," she said.

"Now, when CBS says it, it's perfectly fine. Whatever the case, glad the facts are out now. The majority of the Ukraine aid is a scam."

The TACC report also noted that Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene shared the article and added: "This one of the reasons I voted NO [for providing military assistance to Kyiv]. It was never about the Ukrainian people.

The non-profit organisation Blue/Yellow, featured in the documentary, has since released a statement.

They said the quote has been taken out of context and clarified things regarding how the aid from the U.S. and other Western nations is spent.

"The work by the organization at the frontline is depicted accurately and gives the viewer a very good picture of the nature of the support provided to the armed forces of Ukraine," the statement read.

"At the same time there is a parallel storyline in the report about whether the lethal Western support to Ukraine is properly accounted for.

"Some people who have no relation to Blue/Yellow or its work are being interviewed and offer their opinions on the matter.

"While this is a relevant and important issue, the report's depiction of the situation much too negative, and the information somewhat out of context."

The statement went on to note that when the documentary was shot the nations assisting Ukraine were working on "procurement, logistics and issues" regarding that.

It also addressed the 30 percent quote that was referenced by CBS and has begun circulating on social media.

"When it stated that 30 percent reached the frontline, this refers to an assessment of the efficiency of the aid effort at the time.

"In no way is it suggested that the support is being 'sold on the black market' or 'stolen'."

It continued: "At this point, almost six months into the war, the situation with the support has improved significantly.

"Even though there are still issues to be solved, the aid from the West is playing a very significant role and will increasingly do so for the foreseeable future."

"For this information to be misused by certain groups and persons in an anti-Ukraine context while a genocidal war is being perpetrated on Ukraine by Russia in a terrorist state fashion, is malevolent and puts blood on the hands of all those doing this."

Newsweek has contacted Blue/Yellow for comment.