Comments on: Post-Soviet ‘frozen conflicts’ EU news and policy debates across languages Wed, 29 Aug 2018 15:45:23 +0000 hourly 1 By: Jay Thu, 28 Apr 2016 13:18:08 +0000 New oilfield discovered in Kharkiv region. This announcement in the Ukrainian press has to be one of the most obvious and unsurprising statements of recent times; akin to the sea is wet or the sky is blue. Kharkiv is in the east of the country, bordering the ‘breakaway’ Donetsk and Lugansk regions and part of the Dnieper-Donets Basin.
90% of Ukraine’s oil and gas production comes from the Dneiper-Donets Basin. The region is oil rich and this has been known for a long time.

The roots of the current conflict in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions are also to be found in the oil deposits; it was the Kiev junta’s attempts to drive people off their land in order to allow western oil companies to take over and begin fracking operations that sparked off the ‘uprising’ – the people wouldn’t be bullied off their land so the Kiev criminals sent in their far-right thugs and mercenaries to ethnically cleanse the land the oil companies wanted to get their hands on.

If they now decide to drive people off their land in the Kharkov region the likelihood is of further armed conflict.