Why does Ukraine matter? This is why Ukraine matters:

It is the second-largest country in Europe by land area and has a population of over 43 million people—more than Poland by about 6 million and more than Canada by 5 million.

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 has always been the Bread Basket of Europe. In World War 2, Hitler fiercely fought for the country to supply Germany with food and living space.

Ukraine is an important 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 important industrialized country:

  • 1st in Europe in ammonia production;
  • Europe's 2nd’s and the world’s 4th largest natural gas pipeline system;
  • 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 defence industry products;
  • 10th largest steel producer in the world (32.4 million tons).

Ukraine matters. That is why Ukraine's independence is important to the rest of the world. 🇺🇦

Did you know that Ukraine has the highest percentage of evangelical Christians in the former USSR and in continental Europe today?

Ukraine has the largest concentration of evangelical churches in Eastern Europe. And a lot of missionaries from Ukraine are today serving in different countries.
So I know for sure—God’s eyes are on Ukraine.
So, please pray 🙏

A brief history of Ukraine

C. Peter Chen

In late Dec 1917, the Ukrainian People's Republic was declared.

On 10 Mar 1919, the name was officially changed to the Ukrainian Socialist Soviet Republic.

The Crimea region, within Ukrainian borders today, was a part of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic and not a part of Ukraine during this era; Crimea was transferred from Russia to Ukraine on 19 Feb 1954. On 30 Dec 1922, Ukraine was absorbed into the Soviet Union.

On 5 Dec 1936, the VIII Extraordinary Congress Soviets renamed the nation the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, which was ratified in Ukraine on 31 Jan 1937.

In September 1939, as a member of the Soviet Union, Ukrainian troops participated in the joint invasion of Poland together with Germany, and gained the territories of Eastern Galicia and Volhynia from Poland. Nationalistic morale was at a high, as this represented the first time that all regions with a significant Ukrainian population were simultaneously under Ukrainian rule for the first time.

As the result of the Second Vienna Arbitration in Aug 1940, Romania was forced to cede Bessarabia and northern Bukovina to the Soviet Union, much of which was given to Ukraine by the leadership in Moscow, Russia in exchange for Ukrainian territory to be given up to the newly formed Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic in the west.

On 22 Jun 1941, German troops invaded Ukraine as a part of Operation Barbarossa against the Soviet Union. Between 15 Aug and 19 Sep 1941, the Ukrainian capital of Kiev was under siege; despite fierce defense, it fell under German control, leading to 665,000 Soviet troops being captured.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signs the treaty of accession with Crimean leaders in Moscow, 18 March 2014.