Ukraine needs money to keep its economy running. Will international aid come?

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks during the 54th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switze… KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s hard-won economic stability is under threat again as the government faces a large budget hole and its two biggest allies and sponsors — the United States and the European Union — have so far failed to decide on extending more aid. Without pledges of support by the start of February — when EU leaders meet to decide on aid — and if no money arrives by March, that could risk the progress Ukraine has made against inflation. It has helped ordinary people keep paying rent, put food on the table and resist Russia’s efforts to break their society’s spirit. READ MORE: Ukraine’s Zelenskyy rules out cease-fire with Russia, argues Moscow would use it to rearm and regroup The issue was on the minds of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy when they met at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday. “We’re determined to sustain our support” for Ukraine, Blinken said, “we’re working very closely with Congress in order to do that. I know our European colleagues are doing the same thing.” Here are key things to know about Ukraine’s economy and why funding from allies is crucial: How is Ukraine’s economy doing? The International Monetary Fund has said Ukraine’s economy has showed ” remarkable resilience.” The first months of the war in 2022 saw the country lose a third of its economic output to occupation and destruction because Russia controls the heartland of Ukraine’s heavy industry. Inflation also soared to a whopping 26 percent because the central bank had to print money to cover yawning budget gaps. However, things rebounded last year, with inflation falling to 5.7 percent […]

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