Energy systems of Ukraine: characteristics, dependence and influence on economic and political self-determination
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The purpose of this thesis is to conduct an analysis of the current composition of Ukrainian energy systems, analyze its dependence on Russian energy sources, explore alternatives to diversify the supply of fuel resources, and offer insights on the best possible solution for Ukraine. Currently, a substantial part of energy in Ukraine is produced with gas and oil supplied from Russia. A monopoly supplier might cause significant dependence of the domestic economy upon a foreign country. This might give the supplier country an opportunity to control and dictate. The Russian President and much of the political leadership did not support the most recent political developments in Ukraine (e.g., Presidential elections, "Orange Revolution"). Ukraine's political goals include development of closer cooperation with the EU, U.S. and NATO. This would not match Russian foreign policy interests towards former Soviet Republics. Economic influence by Russia could be used to influence Ukrainian foreign policy. The goals of this thesis are to show that the search for alternative sources of energy for Ukraine is a very important aspect for economic and political independence, and also to identify alternatives for the development of the Ukrainian energy market.
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