Among the former republics of the Soviet Union, there are many oil rich countries, but unfortunately, Ukraine is not one of them. Ukraine has historically been an energy dependent nation and that dependence has primarily been based on Russian supplies. However, the Russian annexation of Crimea and war in the Donbass changed all of that.
Following the Russian military aggression against Ukraine in the spring of 2014, the new government began searching for ways to stop its energy addiction to Russian natural gas. In what has become one of the government’s greatest achievements, Ukraine stopped buying Russian gas and instead began to utilize “reverse gas supplies” from friendly, neighboring countries (Poland, Hungary and Slovakia).