Ukraine: Wagner group trying to seize natural resources and pay for the beast…
Vladimir Putin and Wagner Group leader Yevgeny Prigojine during an official visit by the Russian leader.
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In Ukraine as elsewhere, the Wagner group’s very simple economic model consists of paying for the beast. The terrible clashes around Bakhmout were primarily aimed at taking possession of the salt mines.
Fight wars to plunder conquered territories and especially for control of the country’s natural or industrial wealth. This is what the most radical capitalists do‘do not even imagines. Not meven in a dream. Must say that the communists for whom ” ownersummer and flight » no‘never considered system plundermatics of the entire populationeres for s‘enrich in the name of the people. The revolution described by Karl Marx responded to other ethics and other goals. At least in theory.
Well, the war in Ukraine allowed Russia to return to ancestral practices c‘it means to consider thatwe can pay for wars and those who instigate them by using those populations, cities, and countries‘we will invade and occupy. Like Caesar fed Rome with rewheat harveststolen in France or elsewhere, like the hordes of Huns who, in the Middle Ages, came to plunder castles. Or maybeI am Naplesaeons much later, the s‘served locally in that countryside‘he took the lead to expand‘kingdom, except qthat he intends to manage it so that he avoids destroying assets in order to do so‘serve.
From‘opinion of all observers, whether the Bakhmut region in Ukraine is l‘object of fierce fighting between Russia and Ukraine while this region has little‘strategic interests‘just because the basement dgion high salt.
In this region, war n‘not by official Moscow soldiers but by mercenaries hired by Wagner’s group. This paramilitary group founded by Evgueni Prigojine, did what it always does in other theaters of operations owhere he intervened, particularly in CAR and Mali. He pays for himself, he seeks to control natural resources to pay himself directly. So bear, we know it’s on‘real estate, houses and apartments left by residents, furniture, paintings, jewelry, but especially industrial assets and natural resources, in particular rare metal mines or agribusiness reserves.
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L‘The Russian stubbornness in wanting to recapture the city of Bakhmout from the Ukrainian troops was linked to the rich subsoil rich in gypsum deposits (which allowed the manufacture of plaster and certain cements, clays and limes). But especially in salt. The famous Soledar salt mine which generates wealth for the entire regiongion. Until the war, c‘is the Ukrainian company Artemsil which exploits and manages this colossal mine. We extract there, a year, about 6.8 million tons‘salt free from‘impurityice. With infinite perspective, because‘at this rate, the reserves are such that the company has been working for 2000 years. In addition, this mine is equipped with Kilomethree deep galleries, gigantic halls where managers set up showrooms, a chapel and a line of equipment to receive tourists. This unique salt mine in the world turned out to be a very popular tourist attraction.Whated by a European from‘is.
So this mine offered a very safe haven in the event of war and Evgueni Prigojine saw there the means to store military equipment, tanks, ammunition and even put up an entire garrison.eback to protect them. A kind of natural bunker. VS‘maybe, but actually his ambition is to do business. From‘money, always‘money according to modewhich makes him one of Russia’s richest oligarchs. He obtains public goods or goods stolen from the occupied population, he confiscates them, exploits them or resells them to some friends. His net worth is over $20 billion. It’s official, as evidenced by‘build it‘he comes from‘was inaugurated in St Petersburg to house his office. VS‘is D‘elsewhere there thatt hosts more than 200 developers working on computer networks with the aim of breaking into and hacking them. War for Prigozhin n‘not only the military, on land or at sea, is now influencing cyberspace. Prigogine is not only one of the most hated men in Ukraine for his violence, but c‘also the most monitored and the most dangerous for anyone working in cybersecurity.
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Salt, in such a conglomerate would clearly have its place‘a priori, this obsession is curious, salt in general n‘is not a very rare commodity on the planeYou. We risk running out many morningseres firsteres or energy but we will never run out of salt, the reserves of rock salt (which is mined in the mines) are quite large and sea salt will practically never run out.
Global salt production, c‘was about 310 million tons, which was extracted Where harvested from‘first by China, the United States, Canada, the‘Australia and‘Europe. This salt works as‘coststarry‘food and especially‘industry. L‘European control pres 40% of world production and in Europe l‘Ukraine occupied part of the fire. pres half.
Outside‘stabilized human food, industrial use of salt in the world involves the manufacture of chlorinated products (chlorine and caustic soda) and synthetic soda.ese, a lot of laundry, then used to remove snow. This breakdown is dominated by industrial applications and high-growth countries have high demand, China especially milk salt‘Ukraine has two advantages, namely extraI’m pure, pretty easy to exploit. VS‘is one of the most competitive in the world.
That Prigojine’s desire to acquire such equipment does not surprise anyone. What pests are in such a modec‘is thatpushed by Putin. Putin turned a blind eye to looting‘housing, confiscation of agricultural estates and in particular grain production in Ukraine, precious metals, securities, and now productive assets such as salt mines or nuclear power plants
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Initially,‘very Ukrainian set of production assets good qualityé belongs to Ukrainians, but also to Russians who voted for it‘invest in Ukraine because it opens up European markets to them, but many assets are also financed by funds from‘Western investment. There is a lot of French and German capital invested in agricultural companies in Ukraine. And the famous salt mines are very global. they n‘don’t have‘strategic importance of‘nuclear power plants but they have a financial interest.
So this modeRussia’s financing of a war that includes its mercenary practices is going to be a huge problem.ei, law and finance, war day will s‘stop because‘they‘will stop one day. And on that day, Russia and its satellites need to be restored on the world market. However, all contracts and agreements were destroyed and burned.
However, markets require freedom, contracts, and reregulation. Above all, it requires adherence to signed agreements and contractss. VS‘is the lifeblood of global economic war. It is important to reveal what the militias have been doing on the military battlefield and to re-weave the fabric of this economic globalization.