Gross domestic product (GDP) of Ukraine 2021
Ukraine's economic decline in 2014 and 2015
In just two years, between 2013 and 2015, GDP in Ukraine was dramatically reduced to half its amount. This very severe decrease was mainly due to the armed conflict in the eastern part of the country, which was causing many of its inhabitants to be internally displaced. Life in general became increasingly difficult for Ukrainians, not only because of the conflict, but also because of the country’s economic issues. The inflation rate had risen to almost 50 percent, and unemployment reached over nine percent.
Russia, formerly Ukraine’s most important trade partner, no longer played this role, having caused a great shift in the country’s base economy. Ukraine’s national debt in relation to GDP was also unsustainable, having increased to nearly 80 percent in 2015. Default or restructuring of its debt was inevitable, and eventually restructuring took place in August 2015.