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Thursday, March 17, 2022

Thankful Thursday March 17, 2022

I am so thankful that the Ukraine is being supported by so many countries and their residents are coming to the Ukraine to assist and others are donating money to help when they cannot be there. We all can help in one way or another.

 For those who ask:

This is why Ukraine matters:

It is the second-largest country by area in Europe by area and has a population of over 40 million - more than Poland.

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 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 defense industry products;
🌐10th largest steel producer in the world (32.4 million tons).

Ukraine matters. That is why its independence is important to the rest of the world.


  1. Wonderful facts about Ukraine. Thank you for posting this.

    Have a fabulous Thankful Thursday. Love and hugs all around. ♥

    1. Thanks Sandee- may we have a wonderful and thankful day every day!

  2. Look at all of those natural resources.
    Obviously a certain group hasn't taken over there and said they can't dig for anything.

  3. I learned a lot from your post. I am praying for the Ukrainian people and their pets. XO

    1. I too am praying for the Ukraine people and their pets- may it all stop very soon with the Russians retreating and leaving the Ukrainians in peace and tranquility.

  4. Super interesting. We're all praying non-stop for everyone in Ukraine and the surrounding area.

    1. Absolutely- they do not need this horrible time.

  5. Oops, I forgot to say Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  6. Most of all, of course, Ukraine matters because the people matter, they deserve to have their own country and rule themselves as they see fit.

  7. Mimi= I totally agree- this is incomprehensible to me. So very wrong and sad.

  8. Thanks for sharing. The world is sad isn't it? People are people just trying to live. Why the governments are evil is such a sadness.


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