KIEV, April 4 The International Monetary Fund
warned on Tuesday that Ukraine's domestic politics could derail
vital reforms, such as raising the pension age and tackling
corruption, that are needed to crank up economic growth and tame
high public debt.
The Fund released $1 billion to Kiev this week as part of a
$17.5 billion aid-for-reforms bailout for the Ukrainian economy,
which plunged into recession following the Russian annexation of
Crimea in 2014 and the outbreak of separatist violence.
"The main risks on the domestic side stem from reform delays
due to the narrow majority of the governing coalition in
parliament and possible policy reversals as key reforms face
strong pushback from vested interests," said an IMF report.
(Reporting by Natalia Zinets and Alexei Kalmykov; writing by
Matthias Williams; editing by Andrew Roche)