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No gas please, we're Ukrainian

Ukraine is on its way out of the former Soviet energy system - and that system will change as a result

Ukraine's direct imports of Russian natural gas may fall to zero in 2017, signalling the end of the country's long-standing energy dependence on Moscow. Gas imports have been falling because of precipitous declines in consumption: full-year imports in 2016 are likely to have amounted to 9bn-10bn cubic metres, compared with 16bn cm in 2015, 22bn cm in 2014 and 29bn cm in 2013. In the first nine months of 2016, they were just 6.3bn cm, all of which were "reverse flow" - so called because the gas, mostly of Russian origin, physically flows back to Ukraine from central European countries. During the past two years of military and political conflict, the EU has financially supported the notion

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