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For those who ask: “Why does Ukraine matter? “
There is one of the biggest countries in Europe by territory with 41 mln population, where highly educated people (35,3 mln) are strongly motivated to work. 

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-е 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 defense industry products;
10th largest steel producer in the world (32.4 million tons).

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That was Latvia. 
Poland, along with Lithuania, used to be in control of Ukraine until the Cossacks kicked them out.

Dont forget, this is not a new war, as a lot of the western media make out, it has been ongoing for 8 years since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 

Being just a layman, and not being an expert on Foreign Policy whatsoever, it does appear as if the west is making a mountain out of a mole hill with regards to the whole situation 

Russo Ukraine Crisis

 

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Layman, also me.

If I had spent the last 10 years, steadily infiltrating my major enemy/competitor - and placing people in places that would benefit me, even if such efforts looked like they ultimately may not be helpful, I'd give them a poke and test to see, where the effectiveness line, begins and ends.

Who knows, I might get further than you'd think.

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On 2/23/2022 at 7:23 AM, Mekong said:

That was Latvia. 
Poland, along with Lithuania, used to be in control of Ukraine until the Cossacks kicked them out.

Dont forget, this is not a new war, as a lot of the western media make out, it has been ongoing for 8 years since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 

Being just a layman, and not being an expert on Foreign Policy whatsoever, it does appear as if the west is making a mountain out of a mole hill with regards to the whole situation 

Russo Ukraine Crisis

 

https://www.npr.org/2022/02/21/1082172618/why-ukraine-gave-up-its-nukes

As we follow the latest twists and turns on what's happening with Ukraine, it's helpful to add a little context on how a nuclear arsenal fits into the picture. So we're going to back up now three decades to the early 1990s and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Ukraine suddenly found itself independent and the third-largest nuclear power in the world. Thousands of nuclear arms had been stationed on its soil by Moscow, and they were still there. In the years that followed, Ukraine made the decision to denuclearize completely. In exchange, it would get a security guarantee from the U.S., the U.K. and Russia, known as the Budapest Memorandum.  ...

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The Budapest Memorandum, the treaty first broken by the USA in 2013 by putting sanctions on Belarus.

How can the USA claim the moral high ground and quote treaty if they themselves were the first to breach such.

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