Ophir & Ukraine

With events occurring rapidly in Eastern Europe and the world watching with bated breath, it is timely that Chapter XXIV Arphaxad has just been completed. The vast array of peoples of European or ‘western’ descent, those of Western Eurasia if you will – which is beginning to sound like George Orwell’s 1984 with three superstates ruling the world – excepting Russia, Turkey, Portugal and Spain descend from Shem’s son, Arphaxad.

It is worth noting that George Orwell probably by sound insight rather than biblical acumen, called it very close to how events will play out as we lurch then speed towards the end of this age. His three powers were: 1. Oceania which includes all of North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, the southern third of Africa and the British Isles; of which is the main location for the novel and its new name is Airstrip One 2. Eurasia which covers all of Europe and Russia and 3. Eastasia which includes China, Japan, the Koreas and South East Asia. The remaining region comprising the bulk of Africa, the Middle East and Southwest Asia is disputed and fought over by the three superstates.

Please refer to the article Four Kings & One Queen for specifics, though briefly: the Bible predicts that eventually Russia as the King of the North, will align with a German led Europe – and without the United Kingdom. A China led Asia is referred to as the Kings of the East in the Bible and will spell the final chapters of our current history, when they finally confront the King of the North at a battle prophesied as the battle of Armageddon.

The only slight discrepancy in Orwell’s geopolitical structure is that the nations of Celtic-Saxon-Viking descent will be left in the cold as the [non-biblical though appropriate moniker] King of the West. The nations of Central and South America will align as an economic and political unit according to Bible prophecy – and not as allies of the United States or Canada. Though difficult to envision now, the future for the British descended peoples is bleak, as the Bible predicts that The United States and a considerably stronger Canada will one day fall out. Coupled with this, they will both turn against what is left of a dissolved United Kingdom, namely England. The final pieces of these nations downfall is that as with Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, the affects of mass immigration into the United States and Canada will affect the stability of these nations and their economic dominance.

This will lead to a lessening of their literal military might but also their confidence in using it. The coup de grace is that it is very conceivable that with rapidly changing economic conditions, sections of the fifty states of America will form new geopolitical entities that though remaining powerful, will lose their collective standing and influence, as will definitely occur in the United Kingdom. For Scotland will seek and gain independence and Northern Ireland will eventually leave the Union and form a federated Ireland with the Republic. It is not clear whether Wales which with England, constitutes the Kingdom of England will stay or go. Judging by events, history and prophecy it appears Wales may become independent in the future.

Some will be thinking, how will America ever fall with their military might, backed up by the world’s premier arsenal of military technology and nuclear warheads. Briefly, the main powers of the world – by deciding who enters and who doesn’t join the ‘nuclear club’ – have been able to maintain their control of the masses that bit more effectively by keeping the world firmly under the mushroom-like umbrella of an ominous nuclear threat.

There are two main reactions at the atomic or molecular level. One is called fusion and it is the exact same process that is found in nature whereby the star in our Solar System, the Sun turns hydrogen into helium by nuclear fusion and joins two atomic nuclei to make one larger one. Fission on the other hand is the process of splitting an atom’s nucleus. This is the process used at nuclear power stations, where a neutron collides with a uranium atom and splits it, releasing energy in the form of heat and dangerously, poisonous radiation [Chernobyl, Ukraine 1986 and Fukushima, Japan 2011].

These two nuclear processes use the binding energy of the protons and neutrons in the nucleus of atoms to release an enormous amount of energy. Fission splits unstable nucleuses into two smaller lighter nuclei; whereas fusion reactions through the same colliding method, combine two lighter nuclei into a heavier, stable nucleus – as in replication of the Sun. The energy released by fission in nuclear power plants heats water into steam. The steam is then used to spin turbines to then produce carbon-free, yet radiation emitting electricity.

A comparison could be drawn with the two flows of electricity, alternating and direct current, the former has a wider application, is more convenient and is cheaper, though superficially perceived as dangerous because at lower levels, the voltage peaks of alternating current can injure or kill more readily compared to the same level of direct current. The reality though is that past a certain point both AC and DC will be lethal.

Anders Bjorkman – emphasis & bold his:

Fission occurs, when the core of an atom A (e.g. Uranium 235) absorbs a free neutron n under controlled conditions, so A splits into two smaller atoms B and C that fly apart and releases two free neutrons n, energy/heat E and radiation R (light at different wave lengthes/frequencies) per formula:

A + n = B + C + 2n + E + R … (1) 

The strong forces keeping the protons and neutrons of atom A together disappear producing heat E and radiation R, while the two new, free neutrons n have problems finding other atoms A to continue fission. If a free neutron n is not absorbed by another atom A, it dies after ten minutes or becomes a proton and an electron and a meson [of no danger]. The free neutrons n may produce more fission, but only due to moderation (slowing down!) inside a peaceful nuclear power plant/reactor (or a laboratory). The heat warms the water and the radiation R is damped by the water and the enclosure of the power plant. Easy to show at any nuclear power plant.

This fission has since been studied in laboratories for years and is described in peer reviewed papers. It takes place in nano-scale – the atoms A cores are very, very small and the neutrons n are even smaller and are very very fast – fission takes a nano-second – and can be done by moderation in nuclear power plants and laboratories.’

An atomic bomb [A-bomb] is described as a fission device, while a hydrogen [thermonuclear] bomb is described as using the fission process to power a fusion reaction. Thus, an atomic bomb is used as a trigger for a far more theoretically explosive hydrogen bomb.

Thought Co:

‘The word “atomic” isn’t strictly accurate since it’s just the nucleus of the atom that is involved in fission (its protons and neutrons), rather than the entire atom or its electrons. A material capable of fission (fissile material) is given supercritical mass, while is the point at which fission occurs. This can be achieved by either compressing sub-critical material using explosives or by shooting one part of a sub-critical mass into another one. The fissile material is enriched uranium or plutonium. The energy output of the reaction can range to the equivalent of about a ton of the explosive TNT up to 500 kilotons of TNT [one Kiloton equalling 1000 tons of TNT] . The bomb also releases radioactive fission fragments, which result from the heavy nuclei breaking into smaller ones. Nuclear fallout mainly consists of fission fragments.

A hydrogen bomb or H-bomb is a type of nuclear weapon that explodes from the… fusion of isotopes of hydrogen-deuterium and tritium. A neutron bomb, like a hydrogen bomb, is a thermonuclear weapon. The explosion from a neutron bomb is relatively small, but a large number of neutrons are released. While living organisms are killed by this type of device, less fallout is produced and physical structures are more likely to remain intact.’

A Russian Yars RS-24 intercontinental ballistic missile system drives through Red Square in Moscow, on May 7, 2015 during Victory Day parade rehearsals

Nuclear fission was discovered in Hitler’s Germany in 1938. It is incongruous that Germany in 7 years could not do what the American’s accomplished in 3 years during the Manhattan Project from 1942 to 1945. Yet it is well documented, that both jet engine technology and rocket development in Germany were ahead of the allies.

Investigative research is advised as to whether nuclear fission is actually possible past the nuclear reactor stage and process, or if it really can be translated to the making of, let alone the use of a device such as a nuclear warhead. The process of nuclear fission just at the reactor level is dangerous. Has no one questioned how this can be done at a more concentrated level? An honest appraisal from a nuclear physicist though hugely beneficial, may never be made publicly, if ever at all.

A few points to ponder:

The aerial photos of Hiroshima and Nagasaki show certain buildings still standing here and there; particularly those of historic value or importance invariably constructed of concrete and steel. Only the wooden and paper houses have ‘vaporised.’ The residue of these cities is indicative of napalm carpet bombing and not the evidence of an apparent atomic bomb explosion that would literally raze everything and we mean, everything to the ground.

It is reported that the ‘Little Boy’ bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and the ‘Fat Man’ bomb used on Nagasaki three days later, killed at the time of explosions and over ensuing months some 210,000 people.

‘Little Boy’ replica 1/12 model, sold online for $79.99

Yet the greater explosive power of the Nagasaki bomb [21 kt] killed far less people, some 70,000 people out of approximately 200,000 inhabitants; compared to the explosion over Hiroshima [16 kt] with approximately 140,000 fatalities from a population of about 300,000 people.

The figures don’t add up if atomic weapons were used, nor if the second device was more potent.

It is puzzling – even though supposedly smaller bombs than by todays standards were used – why statistics are hard to come by for those Japanese from these cities who were affected belatedly with radiation and cancer. Also, at the time of the event, why were there not many more initially affected? Would it not have been the vast majority of those impacted? Why do photo’s in the aftermath of the cities bombing, show people walking through the dangerous radioactive debris? Why too, were these two cities not cordoned off for decades or permanently, due to radiation levels?

All 47,000 inhabitants of Pripyat were evacuated 36 hours after the accident, with an exclusion zone of 6.2 miles – that is still maintained 36 years later. ‘According to a 2001 study in Biological Conservation, Chernobyl-caused genetic mutations in plants and animals increased by a factor of 20.’

Whereas Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not evacuated – not even before the event, when the USA warned Japan they were going to drop bombs. Nagasaki was rebuilt beginning as early as 1946 and Hiroshima in 1949. Though the disasters of these cities purportedly produced less radiation than Chernobyl’s two explosions, due to being detonated some 600 meters in the air as opposed into the ground; should the explosions be fact and not falsified, the deadly residue remains, as the half-life of U-235 [Uranium] used in the Hiroshima atomic bomb is a staggering 700 million years and the half-life for the Pu-239 [Plutonium] used in the Nagasaki bomb is 24,000 years.

They do not seem overly concerned by a radiation emitting explosion

Yet according to Colors New York and an article entitled: When did Nagasaki get rebuilt? 2020, it states:

‘The radiation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki today is on a par with the extremely low levels of background radiation (natural radioactivity) present anywhere on Earth. It has no effect on human bodies.’ This may conveniently be the case presently and it could be wagered, that it was probably the exact same levels 75 years ago…

By comparison, the Chernobyl area is uninhabitable for 20,000 years.

They look very relaxed to be so near to a deadly radioactive area

It is interesting to note that the ‘plutonium core (implosion) bomb design was only tested… [just the] one time [the Trinity Test at Alamogordo, New Mexico 5.30 am July 16, 1945] before being used on Nagasaki. The uranium core (gun) bomb design was entirely untested when used on Hiroshima’ [as its] ‘design was considered to be [conveniently] so simple that the chance of malfunction was minimal and did not require testing [and] they [alarmingly] only had enough U235 for the one bomb…’

Anders Bjorkman – emphasis & bold his:

‘A fission bomb, otherwise known as a nuclear bomb or A-Bomb, is a fission reactor designed to liberate as much energy E and radiation R as rapidly as possible to kill civilian people (!) in a nano-second, before the released energy causes the reactor and content to melt and the chain reaction to stop

The fission bomb kills innocent civilians, we are told, because the two (or three), free neutrons n immediately, in no time, are absorbed by two or three other atoms A as per (1) producing four or six more atom splits, + more free neutrons n, etc, etc, producing billions of atom splits and new atoms B and C flying around during a nano-second releasing plenty [of] energy/heat E and radiation R = an atomic bomb explosion, FLASHradiation, shock, heat wave, mushroom cloud [and] killing civilians. 

This – killing people – [by] military [use of] nuclear physics is however [a lie]… There is no evidence that it works and exists. It cannot be and has never been tested in a laboratory of course. A mass of atoms that fissions melts at once [equals] no explosion. There are no peer reviewed scientific papers about it anywhere.’

A different sources corroborates with: “There is no evidence that mechanical compression of two pieces of pure Uranium or plutonium metal assisted by a mysterious ‘initiator’ will suddenly start a fission chain reaction that cannot be controlled.”

‘It is simple! Nuclear weapons cannot explode and Japan and [the] USA [have kept] it secret by law since 1945! No military commander or political dictator can push a button, drop a nuclear bomb or launch a nuclear missile to wipe out an enemy.

Fission can only be used in nuclear power plants/reactors and similar under controlled non-explosive conditions, e.g. by cooling it down using water. Explosive, military FLASH fission on the other hand is just propaganda since August 1945.’

There is something not right about this photo

There are numerous old and recent descriptions of the falsifications surrounding the 1945 Atomic bombs. Dr. Michael Palmer, MD, in his book entitled:

We breathed the Gases when the Atom Bomb fell – The evidence that the nuclear bombings were faked with naplam and mustard gas,

reveals how United States authorities faked the medical records in Japan to support the 1945 manipulations. Japanese civilians, died of napalm fire bombings and mustard gas injuries. Nobody died of radiation. United States forces spread nuclear waste on Hiroshima and Nagasaki later so that radiation levels could be detected and recorded. Nuclear radiation is actually harmless. It is very easy to detect by Geiger meters and cannot harm anything. What is dangerous, are the uranium and plutonium metal dust particles in the atmosphere or water which are highly toxic and poisonous.

The mushroom cloud is a phenomena, associated with any large detonation and not unique to a supposed nuclear blast.

A well known online Encyclopeadia – emphasis & bold mine:

‘A mushroom cloud is a distinctive mushroom-shaped flammagenitus cloud of debris, smoke and usually condensed water vapor resulting from a large explosion. The effect is most commonly associated with a nuclear explosion, but any sufficiently energetic detonation or deflagration will produce the same effect. They can be caused by powerful conventional weapons, like thermobaric weapons including the ATBIP and GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast. Some volcanic eruptions and impact events can produce natural mushroom clouds.’

There is definitely something wrong with this photo

The original Fat Man bomb – the handwriting on the tail fin was signed by the crew that put it together. Messages included: “A second kiss for Hirohito!” and “Here’s to you!” On its nose it had stencilled, the acronym JANCFU, purportedly meaning, the cryptic and suspicious: Joint Army-Navy-Civilian F*** Up.

The Big Lie technique has certainly been used to enormous effect. The expression was coined by none other than Adolf Hitler in his 1925 book Mien Kampf. It was Joseph Goebbels who is credited with the following quote and though often quoted, no primary source is ever given; with Randall Bytwerk casting serious doubt that Goebbels ever said it.

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.’

The irony is that it is claimed this quote was in response to the English and their characteristic penchant to ‘lie big’.

In 1941 Joseph Goebbels said: “The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.”

‘Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology who is an expert on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse says that: “Repetition is important, because the Big Lie works through indoctrination. The Big Lie then becomes its own evidence base – if it is repeated enough, people believe it, and the very repetition almost tautologically [needlessly repetitive without adding information or clarity] becomes the support for the Lie… Hear something enough it becomes truth. People assume there is an evidence base when the lie is big (it’s like a blind spot)…

(People also fail to realize) that there are people in our midst that lack empathy, have no care for the common good, are grandiose, arrogant, and willing to exploit and manipulate people for solely their own egocentric needs. … (Instead) a sort of halo effect imbues leaders [politicians, scientists] with presumed expertise and power – when that is not at all the case…”‘

One wonders what the Arab nations that surround the state of Israel will think, when they realise that Israel does not have any nuclear missiles and rather like the unmasking of the Wizard of Oz, loses its cloak of invincibility. It is with a certain level of confidence that this writer does not expect to see any current or future war waged with nuclear warheads. All future conflagrations will be fought with conventional weapons.

What is alarming and aside from biological-chemical weapons are the new generation of weapons such as directed free energy laser and microwave technology and the artificial intelligence and robotic weaponry that will produce hardware such as planes and tanks that are pilot and driverless, assassin capable micro-robots and elite AI soldiers that are tantamount to relentless and unstoppable killing machines in the vein of the terminator.

To bring us back to Ukraine; the current situation is not as potentially deadly as one would surmise. From a geopolitical and biblical perspective it is the ominous rumblings of ‘no good will come of this’ and it is the continuation of the dominoes being systematically placed in the overall design scheme of those in the highest authority that seek to continually strengthen their control and power.

The land of Ophir is mentioned a number of times in the Bible and a few times is actually a lot; as most of the two hundred countries in the world are not mentioned specifically outside of the genealogical table of nations in Genesis chapter ten and I Chronicles chapter one. Would a nation comparable to Ukraine’s size be omitted from the bible discourse? Ophir was a son of Joktan, who was the great grandson of Arphaxad, the third son of Shem.

1 Kings 22:48

English Standard Version

Jehoshaphat made ships of Tarshish [Japan] to go to Ophir for gold, but they did not go, for the ships were wrecked at Ezion-geber.

1 kings 10.11

English Standard Version

Moreover, the fleet of Hiram [King of Tyre, Brazil], which brought gold from Ophir [H211 – ‘Owphiyr: ‘gold region in the east’], brought from Ophir a very great amount of almug [H484 – ‘almuggiym: a tree from Lebanon (sandalwood?)] wood* and precious stones.

Job 28:16

English Standard Version

It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or sapphire.

Psalm 45:9

English Standard Version

 … daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor; at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.

Isaiah 13:12

English Standard Version

I will make people more rare than fine gold, and mankind than the gold of Ophir.

When Ophir is mentioned throughout the Bible, it is always in context of its gold and mineral wealth. One would expect this nation to standout amongst Joktan’s descendants today, just by sheer size of either resources and or, its economy. The meaning of Ophir is contradictory as it can mean, ‘exhausted, depleted’ and ‘reducing to ashes’ – ‘which is what remains when all useful energy is extracted from a fuel’ – or conversely: ‘rich, abundance’ a ‘mark of wealth’ or a ‘coast of riches’ according to Abarim Publications.

Quora, Glenn Webb – emphasis & bold mine:

‘Excerpt from Peresopnytsia Gospel (Matthew 19:1) (1556) where the word ukrainy (оукраины) corresponds to ‘coasts’ (KJV Bible) or ‘region’ (NIV Bible). [T]he Ukrainian symbol is a trident and has a coastline to its south.’

Rare Gold Nuggets – emphasis & bold mine: 

Gold mining is still a young and growing industry in Ukraine. As with many regions in the world with a turbulent political history, the economic development in the mining industry has been limited… Ukraine holds large reserves of gold in several regions… some suggestions that there is as much as 3,000 tons of gold to be found all around Ukraine…’

This is the equivalent of 2,722 tonnes and would place Ukraine 5th in countries with the largest gold mine reserves, behind Australia at number one [10,000 tonnes], Russia [5,300], South Africa [3,200] and the United States [3,000].

there are more than two hundred locations around Ukraine that gold is known to be found. The potential for gold… is amazingly vast… These are huge expectations for a huge country.’

A Short History of the Ukrainian Tryzub, Gary Sohayda, January 2022 – emphasis & bold mine:

‘A trident with a crossed central prong was also confirmed in 1918 as the emblem of the Ukrainian Black Sea Fleet. In 1939, the Diet of Carpatho-Ukraine, the short-lived independent Ukrainian state that emerged from Czecho-Slovakia, adopted the trident with a cross as its official coat of arms. Finally, in 1992, following the restoration of Ukraine’s independence the previous year, Ukraine’s Parliament adopted the trident as the chief element in its coat of arms. The trident is today shown on Ukraine’s monetary emissions (coins as well as some bank notes or their watermark) and on its postage stamps.’

The Trident is a potent symbol of the god of the sea and water, Neptune or Poseidon. A link to Ophir’s strategic importance for gold via its position in ancient mercantile trade routes – once located in Sumer near the Persian Gulf, then later during the United Kingdom of Israel and the reign of King Solomon, on the southern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Today, Ukraine represents the vital ‘warm water port’ for itself and Russia and hence, the obvious importance of the Crimea.

The trident is a weapon, whether for spear fishing or as a polearm. The significance as a weapon of Neptune is the fact that it symbolises his control over the seas. Though its wider application is that the three prongs reflect his mastery over the three principalities of heaven, earth and hell. Neptunes power does not stop there, for it is also linked with birth, life and death; mind, body and spirit; and past, present and future.

Ukraine is Ophir, the eleventh son of Joktan. All the conflicting definitions of Ophir’s name are specifically accurate and parallel the split history and destiny of Ukraine as an unhappy partner of Russia. The verb even means ‘to desire or draw near’ exactly the relationship that ‘Little’ Russia has with ‘Great’ Russia. For the largest Russian diaspora in the world are the 8,334,100 Russian people living in Ukraine [2001 Census]. To complicate matters, a third of the Ukrainian population in the eastern part of the country identify as Russian, speaking Russian. Other Ukrainians also speak Russian and higher percentages of Russians live in the western and central regions of the nation in the industrialised city centres. The total population of Ukraine is 43,293,111 people and is the seventh highest in Europe. 

Ukraine is the 4th biggest mineral producer in the world, behind South Africa in first, Russia and Australia. Ukraine has up to $510 billion in iron ore reserves alone. Apart from the presence of many mineral reserves, Ukraine is best known for its productive mining sector. 

There are over three hundred mining facilities actively operating across Ukraine. As an aside, both South Africa and Australia were predicted to be rich in natural resources and mineral powers. Europe’s second largest country, is a land of vast fertile agricultural plains and large pockets of heavy industry in the east. Ukraine is known as the ‘breadbasket’ of Europe and is amongst the top three exporters of grain in the world. It has some of the most fertile land on earth with rich black soil called chernozem – literally, ‘black dirt.’ 

This soil produces high agricultural yields due to its high moisture storage capacity and levels of humus; with more than seventy percent of the country comprising prime agricultural land. Parts of Russia and the United States of America also have rich soils with high organic content called mollisols. It is estimated that Ukraine can feed at least half a billion people. Its main crops including corn, soybeans, rye, oats, beets and barley. With Russia, Ukraine supply a quarter of the world’s wheat and half of its sunflower products. Ukraine is the fourth largest producer of potatoes in the world. 

‘The following export product groups represent the highest dollar value in Ukrainian global shipments during 2020…

  1. Cereals: US$9.4 billion 
  2. Iron, steel: $7.7 billion 
  3. Animal/vegetable fats, oils, waxes: $5.8 billion 
  4. Ores, slag, ash: $4.4 billion 
  5. Electrical machinery, equipment: $2.5 billion 
  6. Machinery including computers: $1.9 billion 
  7. Oil seeds: $1.8 billion 
  8. Food industry waste, animal fodder: $1.6 billion 
  9. Wood: $1.4 billion* 
  10. Articles of iron or steel: $877.8 million 

Ores, slag and ash was the fastest grower among the top 10 export categories, up by 23.1% from 2019 to 2020. The leading decliner among Ukraine’s top 10 export categories was oil seeds, thanks to a -28.1% drop year over year.’

The word Ukraine means literally, on the outskirts and from a Russian Empire perspective, that was true. It has been ‘the borderland’ for much of its existence and Ukraine has been a convergence point for east and west; partly including the territory once occupied by the Scythian peoples. Ukraine and Russia share common historical origins, particularly in the east; whereas the west of the country has closer ties with its European neighbours, especially Poland.

Early Germanic tribes from Jutland and surrounding environs migrated and in time some of them would filter down towards western Ukraine, including the mighty Goths who would control a vast swathe of Ukraine for a couple of centuries. Following this, Ukraine was home to some of the earliest Slav states and notably, the grand principality of Kiev in the tenth and eleventh centuries made it a focus of East Slavic cultural development. The Cossack Hetmanate republic emerged in central Ukraine in the seventeenth century. The region only gained more permanent borders during the Soviet era and independence as a sovereign nation wasn’t until 1991 upon the collapse of the Soviet Union. Ukraine is a unitary republic governed under a semi-presidential system which has been moving increasingly towards strengthening ties with the rest of Europe outside Russia, until the 2022 invasion by Russia. 

Flag of Ukraine

Referring to the modern state as The Ukraine is incorrect both grammatically and politically, said ‘Oksana Kyzyma of the embassy of Ukraine in London. “Ukraine is both the conventional short and long name of the country.” The use of the article relates to the time before independence in 1991, when Ukraine was a republic of the Soviet Union. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukrainians probably decided that the article denigrated their country (by identifying it as part of Russia) and abolished ‘the’ while speaking English… As well as being a form of linguistic independence in Europe, it is also hugely symbolic for Ukrainians.’ 

Ukraine Is the Most Important Country for the European Union… Ivan Dikov, 2019: 

‘Which is the most important “outside” country for the European Union at the present moment and for the foreseeable future… It’s Ukraine. The reason… Ukraine is the largest country that has the realistic potential, the desire, and a wide range of prerequisites to become a member state of the European Union… Of course, that is a very long shot: Ukraine hasn’t even been recognized as an official EU candidate country yet, and it’s not even sure when it will be, or even that it ever will be… Ukraine is the largest country that has the potential to become a member state of the European Union, and whose population seemingly has the desire to do so, and, what’s ever more important, whose society wishes to change correspondingly in the process. 

… Ukraine is what Poland was among the countries that joined the EU in the three “Eastern Enlargements” in the decade between 2004 and 2013… the great thing about the European Union is that it is a Union of “losers”: countries which either built empires to see them crashing down, or which were otherwise crushed, mauled, or severely threatened by empires… Ukraine… is quite big but not too big, so that… the Union as a whole… will be able to “swallow” its accession with relative ease. If or when Ukraine becomes a member of the EU, it would naturally assume a spot among the Big Six – which are now about to become the Big Five… (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland)… while this is still a very long shot, and Britain’s departure (which itself was a long shot for a while) is regrettable, but such a set up would bring a better East – West balance inside the EU… It would be very shrewd of the entire European Union to take notice of that fact.’

Any movement by Ukraine towards the European Union have been stopped in its tracks at time of writing; with Russian forces entering the Ukraine on the February 24, 2022, with a build up of troops in the Crimea from the formidable date of 22.02.2022. Events today were created centuries ago. Between 1772 and 1795, the Russian Empire and Hapsburg Austria as a result of the Partitions of Poland each had control of the territory that comprises modern day Ukraine for a hundred years or more. The Russian Revolution led to the Ukraine’s own civil war and then war with the Soviet Union from 1917 to 1921. In 1922, one hundred years ago, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic was established. 

Leap ahead to 1954 and new Soviet leader Khrushchev who succeeded Stalin, being Ukrainian, transferred Crimea to Ukraine to mark the 300th anniversary of the Russian-Ukraine Union. When the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, Crimea became independent. Late 2013 President Viktor Yanukovych, suspended preparations for the implementation of an association agreement with the European Union. This decision resulted in months of mass protests. The Ukrainian parliament impeached Yanukovych on 22 February 2014. On 22-23 February – exactly eight years previously – the Russo-Ukrainian War began when Russian forces entered Crimea. It was not an invasion as  such as Russia has a naval base in Sevastopol. A referendum in the largely ethnic Russian autonomous region of Crimea was held and with a ninety-five percent majority mandate, Crimea was de facto annexed by Russia in March 2014. 

The Crimean Peninsula has key strategic importance as the Black Sea region is pivotal to Russia, for it is the only gateway to the Mediterranean, Africa and beyond. Access is vital for shipping, oil and gas pipelines, as well as for military operations. Russia could and would never give up this most important warm water sea gate. 

It was during the Crimean War of 1853 to 1856 that a coalition of Britain, France and Turkey won Crimea from Russia. Russia’s mistrust of the West is reasonable and the threat of Ukraine joining the European Union and or Nato with possible foreign military presence on Russia’s border, has led to its preemptive strike on Ukraine, to topple a puppet regime with links and support from the West. 

Ukraine is already very unstable with its ‘debt-to-GDP ratio [doubling] and close to 60% of the people [living] below the poverty line. Its industries are crumbling, and pensions/social welfare have been deeply slashed. Neo-Nazi groups are on the rise, and 80% of young people are desperate to leave the country’ now with no end in sight. And so like its name Ophir, Ukraine is at once a nation ‘exhausted, depleted’ and being ‘reduc[ed] to ashes’ – yet remains a nation potentially ‘rich, [with] abundance’ having a ‘mark of wealth’ and a ‘coast of riches.’

Edited excerpt from Chapter XXIV – Arphaxad

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