UKRAINE HOBBLED BY OIL, GAS SHORTFALL

Oil and gas shortages have dealt a severe economic blow to Ukraine. The former Soviet republic ranks second behind Russia in population and gross domestic product among members of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Ukraine's hydrocarbon output has fallen sharply since the 1970s, and the republic's fuel problems have been exacerbated by declining coal extraction. Cheap oil and gas imports from Russia and Turkmenistan help offset much of Ukraine's growing fuel deficit and cloaked

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