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IMF approves $1 billion for Ukraine

Staff Writer | September 15, 2016
The IMF executive board agreed to provide Kiev with a $1-billion tranche, the fund said in a statement.
Help   Ukraine heavily relies on foreign aid
According to a statement posted on the official website of the president of Ukraine, the IMF decision opens the way for the allocation of $1 billion of assistance from the United States and 600 million euros ($675 million) more from the European Union.

Ukraine heavily relies on foreign aid to support its economy and to pay its debts amid an ongoing armed conflict with independence supporters in the country's southeast.

On March 11, 2015 the IMF approved a four-year program of financial aid to Ukraine, which stipulates a $17.5 billion loan over the next four years. The bailout package for Ukraine requires that Kiev implement a number of political reforms.

In June, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said that the country expects to receive a total of $1.7 billion from the IMF in 2016.

Groysman welcomed the IMF decision on the allocation of more aid to Kiev, saying on Facebook that it signifies that trust in Ukraine is being restored.