Why does Ukraine matter?
Because this is how the nation of Ukraine ranks in resource production, and is envied for all of its riches … :
Ukraine is the 1st in Europe in proven recoverable reserves of uranium ores.
She holds the 2nd place in Europe and the 10th place in the world in terms of titanium ore reserves.
She is also the 2nd place in the world in terms of explored reserves of manganese ores (2.3 billion tons, or 12% of the world’s reserves).
The 2nd largest iron ore reserves in the world (30 billion tons).
Ukraine holds the 2nd place in Europe in terms of mercury ore reserves.
She is in the 3rd place in Europe (13th place in the world) in shale gas reserves (22 trillion cubic meters)
Also holds the 4th place in the world by the total value of natural resources.
She is in the 7th place in the world in quantities of coal reserves (33.9 billion tons).
Ukraine is also a wealthy agricultural country and as such she is the 1st in Europe in terms of arable land area and holds the 3rd place in the world by the area of black soil (25% of world’s volume).
She holds the 1st place in the world in terms of exports of sunflower and sunflower oil.
She is the 2nd place holder in the world in terms of barley production and she holds the 4th place in barley exports.
She is the 3rd largest producer and 4th largest exporter of corn in the world.
The 4th largest producer of potatoes in the world and the 5th largest rye producer in the world.
She is 5th place in the world for honey production (75,000 tons).
She is the 8th place in the world for wheat exports.
She is 9th place in the world in the production of chicken eggs.
She holds 16th place in the world in cheese exports.
Indeed, Ukraine is so fertile and her lands are so productive that she can meet the food needs of 600 million and up to one and a half Billion people simply through her agriculture.
Yet if you look at Ukraine as an industrialized country — she is by far the 1st in Europe in ammonia production and the 1st amongst European countries in energy pipelines as well as having the 3rd largest natural gas pipeline system in the world (142.5 bln cubic meters of gas throughput capacity).
Ukraine is the 3rd largest in Europe and 8th largest in the world in terms of installed capacity of nuclear power plants.
She holds 3rd place in Europe and 11th in the world in terms of rail network length (21,700 km).
She has 3rd place in the world (after the U.S. and France) in production of locators and locating equipment.
She is the 3rd largest iron exporter in the world.
The 4th largest exporter of turbines for nuclear power plants in the world.
The 4th world’s largest manufacturer of rocket launchers.
The 4th place in the world in clay exports.
The 4th place in the world in titanium exports.
The 8th place in the world in exports of ores and concentrates.
The 9th place in the world in exports of defense industry products.
And the 10th largest steel producer in the world (32.4 million tons).
And that’s how the determination is done for the Markets of War upon the basic cold logic of price of resources, people, minerals, industry, goods and services and all other tangible assets that a country might posess…
But above all else the Markets for War are made upon the promise of spending the munitions that are stockpiled for the world’s militaries and need to be blown up before they expiration date so that other more advanced weapons systems can be procured thus fattening the economies of the War Makers and the Gun Traders.
Simple as that.
Yet if we allow ourselves to calculate the intangible assets of a country’s worth and value — we might come up to a different conclusion…
Intangible assets that the nifty willy accountants of the war planners have not taken int consideration, will alter the scales towards a more human attitude when considering war and its aftermath.
Intangible assets, like people’s suffering, people’s blood lust and blood letting run amok…
Blood and gore, destruction of families, destruction of culture and devaluation of humanity…
These intangible assets — we must calculate seriously because they are the ones that show the real costs of War and its externalities.
Add all these up and the new equation gives us a new algorithm that makes war a mute point, and a rather expensive market to be avoided at all costs.
Mind you, these heavy costs are borne by all of us and not just the citizens and the country of Ukraine.
Best to “parlez, parlez, parlez” because we just might find a solution here.
And perhaps at this point — Diplomacy is what’s needed more than ever.