President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky claims that the IMF is unfair in terms of pressing the same demands as other countries because there is constant military action in Ukraine's eastern regions. Zelensky said so in an interview with Agence France-Presse, Reuters, and Associated Press, as the Office of the President cited him.
"I believe one cannot be comparing the strategy of IMF behavior with Ukraine and that with other countries. Our country just cannot be compared with others. SO we've got a complication because there's war. So the money is not spent on economic priorities, but on security matters. First, come military issues, then medicine, and then everything else", Zelensky said. He added that in these conditions, Ukraine needs to be choosing priority areas for conducting reforms "in a different way".
Zelensky added that the extension of Ukraine-IMF cooperation is crucial for economic stability and investment climate since other programs of financial support are tied to the IMF program as well.