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Ukraine’s finance minister voices concern over donor fatigue as prolonged war takes its toll.

Ukraine Faces Financial Challenges as War Persists

Concerns Grow Over Financial Support for Ukraine

Ukraine is facing increasing difficulties in securing financial assistance as the attention of key donor countries is diverted by upcoming elections and rising geopolitical tensions. Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko expressed his concerns, stating that many of their partners are growing tired and weak, longing to forget about the ongoing war. However, Ukraine is still making significant efforts to convince its partners to provide the necessary support, even more so than in previous years.

War Impacts Financial Support

The ongoing war with Russia has created a pressing need for Western financial assistance to cover Ukraine’s $43 billion budget gap in 2024. Unfortunately, talks this week have been overshadowed by the conflict between Israel and Hamas, causing further obstacles. Marchenko highlighted that geopolitical shifts and internal political contexts in different countries have dampened governments’ willingness to support Ukraine, particularly with upcoming elections in the United States and the European Union next year.

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Reliance on External Help

While Ukraine has allocated additional tax receipts and funds from internal debt, it still heavily depends on outside assistance to meet next year’s spending requirements. The country has already received commitments from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) program, as well as expectations of support from Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union. The EU is currently working on a 50 billion-euro package for Ukraine from 2024 to 2027, with Ukraine seeking 18 billion euros in 2024, matching the assistance received this year.

Exploring Solutions and Creditor Discussions

Marchenko welcomed efforts to utilize frozen Russian state assets as a means of support. Recovering these assets, previously seen as an achievable goal, now seems more promising. However, legal concerns and other complications have made the process difficult. Ukraine has also been engaging in discussions with major investors regarding debt restructuring and potential fresh financing. While Marchenko did not provide a specific timeframe for formal talks with creditors, he emphasized the country’s desire to preserve access to the market.

Ukraine’s Economic Growth and Gas Storage

Marchenko shared positive projections for Ukraine’s economy, stating that it is set to grow by 5% in 2024. Additionally, sufficient gas storage for the winter should help stabilize the economy against potential price increases. These factors contribute to Ukraine’s ongoing efforts to overcome financial challenges and ensure stability.

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