Amid the advance of the Russian army in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian army is facing a crisis that increases pressure on its soldiers, in terms of salaries and war financing.
Military experts expected that “the situation will be exacerbated by the weakness of Western aid, as a result of the economic crisis affecting European countries.”
According to Western media, “the Ukrainian authorities are facing great difficulty in finding financial resources to pay the salaries of their armed forces.”
The American newspaper “The Wall Street Journal” attributed the reason to “the gap between defense spending and tax cuts,” noting that “the Central Bank of Ukraine is forced to print money so that the government can pay the salaries of military personnel and buy weapons and equipment, which weakens the national currency and increases inflation.”
“We have a permanent problem with the financing of the war and the salaries of the military,” the newspaper quoted Ukrainian Finance Minister Sergei Marchenko as saying.
Currently, tax revenues cover only 40 percent of budget expenditures, and military expenditures account for more than 60 percent of the country’s expenditures, including the purchase of military equipment and the payment of army salaries.
Ukraine has so far received only 1 billion euros out of the 9 billion pledged by the European Union.
The funding crisis for the Ukrainian army has emerged amid government expectations that gross domestic product will fall by about 30 percent compared to last year.