The Barricade

The Ukrainian crisis can be viewed as being composed of several interconnected factors from the civil war, to rampant corruption and the wider geopolitical ramifications of American and Russian confrontation. Another relatively overlooked factor is the ongoing conflict over Ukraine’s natural resources. Of particular interest to transnational corporations and their puppet Ukrainian oligarchs is the ‘black earth’ of Ukraine. Black earth or ‘Chernozerm’  is found in two major zones on earth, one of these encompasses sections of Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. Black earth is characterized by its very high fertility and consequently its capacity for producing a high agricultural output.

A scientist examines chernozerm in Mykolaiv, Ukraine. ( Image credit: Saghnol, wikimedia commons)

International corporations have long been utilizing loopholes and political lobbying in order to overturn a Ukrainian  moratorium on land sales to foreigners. By leasing numerous parcels of land these companies anticipate the Ukrainian government’s desperation for money and EU obligations

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