Bracing for War — Part Two

Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, President Putin, and Army combat planner Ivan Buvaltsev reviewing battle plans in March, 2014. (photo credit Mikhail Klimentyev | AFP | Getty Images)

The coming battle for control of ArcelorMittal Kryviy Rih, the former Soviet mining and steel production facility now privately owned by the ArcelorMittal Group, has its roots in the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. The ensuing political, cultural and financial turmoil triggered a massive realignment of wealth and power throughout the region, including Ukraine. Those that acted quickly and forcefully purchased state owned businesses for…

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