Ukraine’s economy is likely to suffer more than previously predicted because of the conflict in the east of the country, the World Bank has said.
It now says that GDP is likely to contract by 8% this year, compared with its previous prediction of 5%.
It also now expects a 1% contraction in 2015, instead of 2.5% growth.
The prediction comes as pro-Russian separatists and government forces vie for control of the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk.
The rebels say they occupy nearly all the airport, but the government disputes this.
The World Bank said the conflict had caused disruption in economic activity in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, leading to a sharper decline in GDP.
The bank’s chief representative in Ukraine, Qimiao Fan, said the two regions accounted for about one-sixth of the country’s GDP, including a quarter of industrial output.
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