Ripple effect of Ukraine

The numbers below were updated last week. Some went up some went down. They help us better understand why another country would want control of Ukraine and how it might impact the world economically.

As the second largest country, by area, in Europe with a population of over 40 million Ukraine ranks:

1st in Europe in proven recoverable reserves of URANIUM ores and 7th in the world;

2nd place in Europe and 10th place in the world in terms of TITANIUM ore reserves; Norway is the only one with more;

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); topped by China;

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

3rd place in Europe (13th place in the world) in SHALE gas reserves; according to Reuters in 2012, the number was 42 trillion cubic meters;

8th place in the world in COAL reserves.

Ukraine is an important agricultural country:

1st in Europe in terms of ARABLE land area; arable land is land fit for or used for the growing of crops;

1st place in the world in exports of SUNFLOWER and sunflower oil;

3rd place in the world by the area of BLACK SOIL(25% of world’s volume);

3rd largest producer of POTATOES in the world;

4th place in the world in BARLEY production and 4th place in barley exports;

4th largest RYE producer in the world;

5th largest producer and 4th largest exporter of CORN in the world;

5th place in the world in BEE production (75,000 tons);

5th place in the world in WHEAT exports;

Ukraine can meet the food needs of 600 million people.

Ukraine is an important industrialised country:

2nd in Europe and 4th in the world as the largest NATURAL GAS pipeline system. Roughly 20% of Europe’s gas passes through Ukraine;

2nd largest in Europe and 7th largest in the world in terms of installed capacity of NUCLEAR power plants;

3rd place in the world (after the U.S. and France) in production of LOCATORS and locating equipment;

3rd place in the world in CLAY exports;

4th place in Europe and 13th in the world in terms of RAIL network length (21,700 km);

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

4th world’s largest manufacturer of ROCKET launchers;

5th largest IRON exporter in the world;

5th place in the world in TITANIUM exports;

8th place in the world in EXPORTS of ores and concentrates;

12th place in the world in EXPORTS of defence industry products;

12th largest STEEL producer in the world (32.4 million tons).

E.A. Fussell
02.26.2022

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