Why Ukraine matters

[Note: I stole this from my Facebook feed; I have not verified any of the claims, I have more important things to do, like go shopping for dog food.]

For those like me who didn’t know and ask:

“Why does Ukraine matter? “

This is how the nation of Ukraine ranks:

1st in Europe in proven recoverable reserves of uranium ores;
2nd place in Europe and 10th place in the world in terms of titanium ore reserves;

2nd place in the world in terms of explored reserves of manganese ores (2.3 billion tons, or 12% of the world’s reserves);

2nd largest iron ore reserves in the world (30 billion tons);

2nd place in Europe in terms of mercury ore reserves;

3rd place in Europe (13th place in the world) in shale gas reserves (22 trillion cubic meters)

4th in the world by the total value of natural resources;
7th place in the world in coal reserves (33.9 billion tons)

Ukraine is an agricultural country:

1st in Europe in terms of arable land area;
3rd place in the world by the area of black soil (25% of world’s volume);
1st place in the world in exports of sunflower and sunflower oil;
2nd place in the world in barley production and 4th place in barley exports;
3rd largest producer and 4th largest exporter of corn in the world;
4th largest producer of potatoes in the world;
5th largest rye producer in the world;
5th place in the world in bee production (75,000 tons);
8th place in the world in wheat exports;
9th place in the world in the production of chicken eggs;
16th place in the world in cheese exports.

Ukraine can meet the food needs of 600 million people.

Ukraine is an industrialized country:

1st in Europe in ammonia production;
2-? Europe’s and 4th largest natural gas pipeline system in the world (142.5 bln cubic meters of gas throughput capacity in the EU);
3rd largest in Europe and 8th largest in the world in terms of installed capacity of nuclear power plants;
3rd place in Europe and 11th in the world in terms of rail network length (21,700 km);
3rd place in the world (after the U.S. and France) in production of locators and locating equipment;
3rd largest iron exporter in the world
4th largest exporter of turbines for nuclear power plants in the world;
4th world’s largest manufacturer of rocket launchers;
4th place in the world in clay exports
4th place in the world in titanium exports
8th place in the world in exports of ores and concentrates;
9th place in the world in exports of defence industry products;
10th largest steel producer in the world (32.4 million tons).

And now we know why Ukraine matters…

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We have always known why Ukraine matters. Every European invasion of Russia has crossed Ukraine to get to Russia.

So far in modern history, Russia has been invaded 4 times by Western Europe. It has invaded Western Europe 0 times.

4 - 0

If there is someone who’s word should be trusted on who
might be invading whom, the Russians have more credibility than the west.

A western take over of the Ukraine is extensional. It is make or break and a reasonable person in charge of Russia would be willing to escalate to thermonuclear holocaust to maintain hegemony over Ukraine.

This is why Ukraine matters. All the rest is gorila dust.

Cheers
Qazulight

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4th largest exporter of turbines for nuclear power plants in the world

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Probably 3rd now that GE is selling a large chunk of its nuclear turbine business to the French.

https://www.powermag.com/ge-confirms-sale-of-lucrative-nucle…

Jaak

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We have always known why Ukraine matters. Every European invasion of Russia has crossed Ukraine to get to Russia.

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Some corrections are required:

The road from Berlin and Warsaw to Moskva is through Minsk in Belarus. The border between Belarus and Ukraine is largely marshes and not a rout used by invaders.

After centuries of Polish and Lithuanian control, the Ukraine did not return to Russian control until the late 1600s.

In 1700-1721 Russia invaded and conquered Swedish lands in Finland, Estonia, and Latvia during the Great Northern War.

Russia attacked Prussia and Poland in the 1700-1800s.

In 1914 Russia attacked German Empire and Austria-Hungary Empire.

In 1939-1941 Russians invaded Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and other Eastern European countries.

Jaak

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In 1939-1941 Russians invaded Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Poland and other Eastern European countries.

Invasion of Hungary in 56, invasion of Czechoslovakia in 68, Georgia in 2008, Crimea in 2014, invasion of Afghanistan in 79…yesterday, Feb 15th, was the anniversary of the Russian army leaving Afghanistan.

Sure, Putin is a big huggy bear, nothing to fear.
/sarcasm

Steve

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If there is someone who’s word should be trusted on who
might be invading whom, the Russians have more credibility than the west.

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Totally absurd statement! Ask the Ukrainians and the other Central and Eastern European countries - they will all say that Russians have ZERO credibility.

Jaak

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So far in modern history, Russia has been invaded 4 times by Western Europe. It has invaded Western Europe 0 times.

4 - 0

On September 17, 1939, Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov declares that the Polish government has ceased to exist, as the U.S.S.R. exercises the “fine print” of the Hitler-Stalin Non-aggression pact—the invasion and occupation of eastern Poland.

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The invasion of Russia is not going to be an army in this long age to come.

The invasion of Russia and China is based on ideas.

Xi and little Putin are stonewalling reality.


The Ukraine was the entry to Russia by land because it is flat for the most part. There were no other reasons other than Poland was the second option.

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