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The foreign policy expert Nebojsa Malic stated that economic interests, such as untapped shale gas resources, steer the Kiev governments anti-terroristoperation against the pro-federalist regions.

The eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions declared independence from Kiev last Sunday. Yet federalist activists have no doubt that this will involve an actions by the government.

As RT’s Gayane Chichakyan reports, “reinstating control over the restive regions isn't the only agenda driving Kiev's ongoing offensive.”It seems rather that at the core of the conflict is only business. Indeed, in the region of Eastern Ukraine there are importantnatural energy resources, such as coal and more specifically, shale natural gas, untapped deposits of which lie underground in the Dnieper-Donets basin - where are located the cities which Kiev is now striving to force into submission.

In the Donetsk Region, Shell signed, in January 2013, a 50-year profit deal with the government of Ukraine to explore and drill for natural gas in shale rock formations and Kiev wants to take advantage of these future profits.

The expert Nebojsa Malic commented:“I would say that the economic interest in this case is whats driving the coup regime in Kiev to launch military actionsagainst its own citizens, because they stand to make a profit from these contracts signed by the previous government.”

According to the UN, the death toll in the Ukraine conflict that started last autumn has already surpassed 250, but the end of the crisis seems nowhere near.


The gLAWcal Team

Sunday, 18 May 2014

(Source: RT - Russia Today)