UKRAINE RISK BAIL OUT
The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday approved a bigger, high-risk bailout for Ukraine, giving Kiev immediate access to $5 billion of $17.5 billion in emergency IMF credit in another bid to keep the embattled country afloat.
Ukraine's deadly conflict with Russia-backed militants in eastern Ukraine forced the fund to revamp its bailout program as the turmoil pushed the economy into a deep, two-year contraction, fueled a currency free fall, sparked rampant inflation and drained the central bank's reserves.
IMF and Western officials now hope that a fragile cease-fire combined with painful budget-tightening…
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