On March 4, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy removed the prime minister and a majority of the reform-minded ministers in the government. After the reshuffle, the yield on short Ukrainian Eurobonds skyrocketed from 3.5 percent a year to 7.75 percent. The Ukrainian hryvnia is now falling, compelling the National Bank of Ukraine to intervene. The international financial market is already closed to Ukraine. The markets were not consoled by the composition of the new government, which has yet to declare what policies it plans to pursue. Once again, Ukraine needs an International Monetary Fund program, but will it be able to conclude such a program fast enough? 

Dr. Anders Åslund, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center; Andy Hunder, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine; Dr. Peter M. Wagner, head of the Support Group for Ukraine at the European Commission; and Andrey Stavnitser, co-owner of TiS, discuss what the future holds for Ukraine’s economy. Melinda Haring, deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, will moderate the discussion.



Mar 19, 2020

Saving Ukraine’s economy from the coronavirus crash

By Yuriy Gorodnichenko

The Ukrainian economy is facing a perfect storm of coronavirus pressures as exports plummet and the domestic economy grinds to a halt. How can Ukraine mitigate the worst of the unfolding global crisis?

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