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Politricks: War Over Ukraine

Written by on February 27, 2022

First and foremost always remember in a conflict there are always two sides to a story. For our readers we are going to give you the non-allied facts. Overall in a nutshell it looks like the Ukraine has something very valuable the Russians could use. Something so valuable they are risking a full scale world war to obtain it. First fact, this is not the first conflict between the two countries. Most recently Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, rebels backed by President Putin seized big swathes of the east and they have fought Ukraine’s army ever since.

Now here in 2022 the reason for the attacks: 
President Putin fears Ukraine, which borders Russia, is growing too close to the West and Nato, as well as the EU-a free and democratic Ukraine would be a ‘bad example’ to the citizens of Russia.

Here is what the Ukraine has that may be of interest to Russia. Ukraine’s vast stores of natural resources, from gas and ore to critical rare earth minerals and agricultural commodities, suggest there’s a serious economical benefit that could be also be driving Russia’s aggression.

Here’s a few economical facts about the Ukraine, and what Russia stands to gain if it successfully takes control of the country.

Natural Gas – Ukraine’s natural-gas reserves are the second largest in Europe, after only Norway, with 1.09 trillion cubic metres of total proved reserves.

Iron-Ore – The country boasts the sixth-largest iron-ore reserves in the world, according to the latest report from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Titanium – It has the world’s 10th-largest reserves of titanium and the second largest in Europe.

Lithium – The eastern Donbas region of Ukraine, where Russia has backed separatist insurgencies, is also rich in lithium (a key ingredient for manufacturers of electric-vehicle batteries).

Coal & Uranium – Ukraine possesses the second-largest coal reserves in Europe and the largest store of uranium on the continent.

This is just a tip of the iceberg of information on the benefits of what Putin would gain if Russia were to take control of the Ukraine. For more insight and inept details checkout this article from the Globe and Mail.

In a major escalation of tensions with the West over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian nuclear deterrent forces to be placed on high alert.

On Sunday, Putin said that leading NATO countries had made “aggressive statements” while imposing harsh financial penalties on Russia and himself.

As of Sunday February 27th the latest details are:

  • President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Kyiv will send a delegation of officials for talks “without preconditions” with Moscow at the Ukraine-Belarus border.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin puts Russia’s nuclear forces on high alert.
  • Kharkiv governor says Ukrainian troops have full control of the country’s second-largest city after street fighting with Russian forces.
  • Kyiv’s mayor says there are no Russian soldiers in the capital, and that the city’s defences are holding firm.
  • More than 360,000 people have fled Ukraine since the beginning of Russia’s assault, the UN says.

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