Since the beginning of the full-scale war, Ukraine has received 31 billion dollars from foreign partners and allies in the form of loans and grants to support the budget, the Minister of Finance of Ukraine Serhii Marchenko said. According to his data, the monthly deficit was at the level of 4-5 billion dollars.
“The fact that we were given 31 billion dollars in 2022 is not manna from heaven, which for some reason fell on Ukraine, but we are happy and consoled here,” the minister said in an interview with “RBK-Ukraine”.
Marchenko explained that the funds were received unevenly due to the fact that there were no funds for the military campaign in the budgets of Western countries, because they did not plan the war. So decisions were made very quickly.
“It would be strange if someone would lay down funds in advance, even predicting a military campaign. Because the start of a military campaign is someone’s specific one-person political decision… They changed their own budgets and found solutions within the budget periods – this is expensive,” the minister explained.
It should be noted that earlier the International Monetary Fund reported that Ukraine’s external financing needs in 2023 will amount to 3 to 4 billion dollars per month, but may also increase to 5 billion dollars in case of continued shelling of the infrastructure. Next year, Ukraine will receive 18 billion dollars from the European Union.