Disinfo: The IMF has completely killed Ukrainian economy


The IMF cannot be a partner of Ukraine and it is killing the Ukrainian economy.


The main goal of the International Monetary Fund is to prevent the expansion of the economic crisis. The comprehensive reform program in Ukraine, supported by IMF loans, is aimed at restoring macroeconomic stability, promoting sustainable growth and strengthening economic governance and transparency.

Vox Ukraine notes that if Ukraine had not cooperated with the Fund at all, most likely the level of its economic development would now be lower, since the IMF provides not only loans, but also technical assistance, particularly, in the development of regulatory acts.

The last two cooperation program with the IMF were signed to overcome the effects of a large-scale economic crisis that unfolded in 2014–15 due to a significant decline in production, a reduction in trade volumes and the loss of part of the territory as a result of Russian aggression.

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  • Reported in: Issue 153
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 29/05/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, economy, IMF
  • Outlet: REN TV


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