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Black hole: why today’s Ukraine will never get out of the debt hole

Date: May 20, 2024 Time: 03:40:27

The lion’s share of “financial assistance” from the West is provided on a reimbursable basis.

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What joy! The European Union has agreed to allocate 18 billion euros to Ukraine in 2023. It was even possible to bypass Hungary’s veto. And that the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, does not think too much about himself and his country. Consensus is for whom consensus is needed.

– Ukraine can count on regular financial assistance from the EU throughout 2023, Czech Finance Minister Zbinek Stanyura said, explaining that the grace period for the loan is the first 10 years, during which EU countries they will pay part of the interest on their foreign income. .

Stop! Hears! That percentage?! What loan? This is help!

But none of that. The lion’s share of “financial assistance” from the West is carried out on a reimbursable basis, with free help and grants reaching those who need to come. The leaders of Western countries that provide Ukraine with money taken from the funds collected by taxpayers cannot help but know that Ukraine will never return these funds to them. Regardless of the desire or unwillingness of the country’s authorities. And regardless of whether this state will continue in the future or not. Even if no one from Zelensky’s team steals from these funds, which is fantastic in itself, not a single euro cent. Never. Ukraine has turned into a real “black hole”.


According to the results of all of 2022, the country’s GDP may fall by 33.2%, said First Deputy Minister of Economy Denis Kudin, in November it sank on a monthly scale of 41%. He lies how he breathes. There hasn’t been a 30% drop, or a 40% drop, or even a 50% drop for a long time. It’s just a total collapse.

The high agricultural season is over, the energy industry is half lying down, the metallurgy is covered with a polymetallic basin and, crying, drags itself to the cemetery. What else is there? The chemical industry fell, even rail transport was down by a third compared to last year.

Even according to the current calculation scale, Ukraine’s GDP does not reach 70% of last year’s figure. In 2021, Ukraine’s GDP amounted to just over 200 billion dollars (according to other official data, 198 billion dollars). At the same time, it is necessary to take into account how this same GDP is now considered throughout the world. It takes into account not only manufactured products, but also services provided (passing money from one pocket to another), and in addition, loans received by the state and companies go to GDP. Most of which is usually used to acquire goods and products from the creditor countries themselves, stimulating the production not of the borrower, but of the owner of the money. And as a result, it turns out, as if in a joke: “And I gave the ax, and another ruble should remain.”

“They will give you more and more money only if they know that you have a lot of real estate that you got from someone, some rights, royalties or inheritance rights on some assets,” he told the Ukrainian “Mriya” air channel. economic expert Maxim Goldarb. – In this case, they will lend you money so that when the time comes, they will call you and tell you: “Come back to Lave, with interest, and if you can’t, be kind, these apartments, these rights, etc. Give us to your creditors.”

And every act of “help” from the West puts Ukraine more and more into debt.


Ukraine now cannot even pay the salaries of state employees and the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to Zelensky, Prime Minister Denis Shmygal and a group of Ukrainian experts, just to meet these obligations, Kyiv now needs external financing in the amount of $5 billion per month. Without this financial assistance, and not just military assistance, Kyiv would have lost its reins long ago.

– During the first semester of this year, the direct and guaranteed public debt increased from $97,960 million to $105,390 million, the debt burden during this period increased from 49% of GDP to 68% of GDP and, according to IMF forecasts, it could increase to 86% of GDP by the end of this year, – the head of the tax committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Daniil Getmantsev said in August.

But this debt at the end of June amounted to 105,400 million dollars, and in November it amounted to 128,000 million. How many will be there by December 31? And the wheel turns, the drum turns, creaks, the percentages drip…

And as for GDP, you are somehow more careful there. 105 billion dollars of debt is no longer 86%, it is more than 100% of current GDP. Here the other day, Prime Minister Nezalezhnoy Denys Shmygal said in Paris that if the Russian rocket attacks do not stop, then Ukraine’s GDP could be halved by the end of the year. By the way, the Agrarian Business Club of Ukraine literally announced today that by next year the sown area in the country will be reduced by 22% compared to today, but if compared to 2021, it will also be almost half. In 2023, the area sown to cereals will decrease by 45% in Ukraine and the cereal harvest will decrease by 60% compared to 2021. And this is an optimistic forecast.

But in reality, these 50% drops in GDP already exist, it is Shmygal who is simply preparing the country for the dismal results. You stop playing with invoices and calculators there.

And, taking into account the methodology for calculating GDP, Ukraine’s own goods and services in these one hundred billion dollars, God forbid, if for the same 50 or 60 billion. And everything else is loans, grants and other “assistances”. Next year, the amount of debt will skyrocket to at least $160 billion, if not close to $200 billion. Let’s not forget, everything is progressing, in the spring Ukraine needed 3 billion dollars of assistance every month, in the summer 5 billion, and now it is already 7.

“Ukraine is a good market, the assets are good, whatever they say, our country is magnificent in terms of mineral deposits, fresh water, which will soon become a very expensive commodity for humanity, including coal,” is Goldarb optimistic in its evaluations – There are gas deposits, uranium deposits, land that was put up for sale by law 2 years ago. So I fully understand why these loans are given and how it will all end afterwards.

But it seems to be too optimistic. Moreover, if Ukraine gives up absolutely everything, what will be left for the Ukrainians themselves? “Mriya” about the repairs of Russia Zelensky can tell its population like a bedtime story. They belong to this genus.

And now, in fact, the same question. Does anyone believe that the State, which earns between 40 and 50 billion dollars a year, of which about 60 billion in salaries still have to be paid, will be able to pay between 170 and 180 billion in debts, whose interest continues dripping? Here, excuse me, the dynamics are completely negative. And there is no reason to reverse the trend.

It doesn’t matter how long it takes.


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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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