Ukraine needs extra $5bn per month, lawmaker says

The Ukrainian government requires another $5 billion each month to avoid steep budget cuts, according to a senior lawmaker Read Full Article at RT.com

Ukraine needs extra $5bn per month, lawmaker says
16 Jun, 2022 03:03 HomeWorld News

Ukraine needs extra $5bn per month, lawmaker says

The head of a parliamentary finance committee said Kiev faces budget cuts without additional foreign aid

The Ukrainian government requires another $5 billion each month to avoid steep budget cuts, a senior lawmaker said, appealing for more assistance from foreign countries despite billions in aid already provided by the United States and European allies.

addressed the looming shortfalls in comments to local media on Tuesday, highlighting mounting economic troubles linked to the ongoing conflict with Russia. 

“We have to borrow $5 billion monthly. If we do not get it, we will have to cut spending,” he said. “We have no potential in the economy to raise taxes. We cannot do without the help of our partners as long as the fighting continues.”

Though Hetmantsev noted that Ukraine had received loans and grants from the US and some allies in Europe – with Finance Ministry data showing that the country was provided more than $5.1 billion in direct economic aid between January and May – he said that amount was not sufficient to cover the growing budget gap. 

agreed to send another $19.8 billion in assistance to Kiev, which coincided with a massive $40 billion aid package from Washington, though a sizable portion of the latter was devoted to weapons and other military gear.

predicting a staggering 45% contraction in 2022. The fighting has also sent global food prices soaring, with both Ukraine and Russia accounting for around 40% of wheat exports in Eastern Europe, while retaliatory sanctions on Moscow have helped to drive up energy costs around the world.

petition demanding his resignation in May. An open letter attached to the petition slammed the official for backing recent tax increases, claiming the hikes had discouraged investments in Ukraine.  

declined to leave his positions, however, deeming the criticisms “myths” and insisting the government had taken the right approach.

“I do not want to shock you, but any state wants to collect as many taxes as possible. The question is in the golden mean and balance,” he said, adding that “we have managed to find, are still managing to find, and hopefully will be able to find [this balance] in the future.”