A long and large mound of dirt is often seen just outside hundreds of towns and villages in Ukraine.
The mounds cover the rudimentary mass burial of nearly 4 million victims of the “Holodomor” – the Ukrainian holocaust – in which Stalin surrounded, isolated and deliberately starved farmers in 1932.
This, more than anything else, explains why Ukraine longs to be free and does not think – for a moment – that it is ‘part of Russia’, as Vladimir Putin believes. In the 1991 elections in Ukraine, each region voted to remain in Ukraine, even the predominantly ethnic Russian districts in the east.
But the Holodomor is not an isolated incident. Ten years earlier, in 1922, it had suffered another terrible famine following the Russian civil war. Ukraine was also the hardest-hit part of Russia during World War I and the Soviet Union during World War II, when it lost another 4 million people.
Furthermore, about 1.5 million Ukrainians were murdered by Stalin’s NKVD in 1937-1939. When the NKVD left Kiev in 1941 upon the arrival of the German army, it had killed – brutally – all the prisoners in the city jail.
Isn’t it time for the first generation of Ukrainians to enjoy peace and independence?
The country, far from being stagnant, has considerable potential. Ukraine has been for decades not only the granary of the Soviet Union, but also an important scientific and engineering center. The USSR depended on Ukraine for most of its jet engines, diesel engines and gas turbines, and Russia’s development after 1991 was slowed down by the loss of these key components.
In 1992, I was one of the first Western journalists to visit the huge ballistic missile assembly plant in Dnipro, then called Dnipropetrovsk, a city now threatened with capture by Russian forces.
Ukraine, once a world center for CD and software piracy, is now a key site for talented international software developers. Currently residing in Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, Ukrainian-born IT expert Dr. Igor Kotsiuba, founded Healthymity Ltd, which aims to support AI-driven decision making in medicine.
Ukraine is blessed with wonderful geography. Its huge rivers could be exploited for a huge increase in irrigated agriculture. An analyst said: “Ukraine could feed all of the Middle East and North America.”
Ports like Odessa could become the fastest transit point for containers between Asia and Central Europe. It has real tourism potential: Kiev is the largest city in Europe between Paris and Moscow, with many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Lviv, like Krakow, has one of the last surviving intact medieval urban centers.
Its underdeveloped agricultural industry has long been viewed with interest by far-sighted British companies. Central Plains Group (CPG) of Forfar, Scotland, harvested 40,000 tons of potatoes in Ukraine. CPG raised £ 11 million from investors for future projects in Ukraine. Unfortunately, much of Ukraine’s potato production has been lost due to inefficient storage, poor disease spread and pest control.
Sergii Glazunov, CEO of Enwell Energy plc, said the AIM-listed company with three gas fields in Ukraine has “closed and secured its production and drilling operations in its Ukrainian gas fields”, due to the fears about the imminent arrival of Russian forces.
In 2009 the University of Nottingham connected with a brilliant physicist Borys Glavin of the Lashkarev Institute of Semiconductor Physics in Ukraine, who created a “saser”, or very high intensity sound wave beam, “the sonic equivalent of laser” . He received a grant of £ 636,000 from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to develop it.
A small Hampshire company, Willingsford Ltd, sells a fast-healing cream called SertaSil, which is ideal for healing complicated, necrotic and infected wounds and burns. The story of SertaSil began in Ukraine, when three scientists – Olga Bilyayeva, Viacheslav Neshta and Alexander Golub – discovered a better product to heal wounds trapped by a biofilm, a protective environment that bacteria create to keep out the immune system.
Traditional heavy industry companies such as York-based Salvalco Ltd, which manufactures a uniquely effective aerosol valve, and Mayerton Refractories of Hockley Heath, based in Birmingham, both trade with Ukraine. Mayerton has even developed a team of 42 in Russia and Ukraine.
Biggest of all, however, is Weir Minerals Europe Ltd, based in Todmorden, Lancashire, which in April 2021 signed a £ 36 million order for pumps and grinding rollers for Ferrexpo’s mining operations in Ukraine. , whose production will be doubled to 80 million tons.
If the war ends with the Russian retreat – as we all certainly hope – British companies can help with the rebuilding process within a potentially huge Ukrainian market.
Ukraine has enormous potential – if Putin can be kicked out
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