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Ukrainian Employers Blame Wage Losses on War

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Ukrainian companies are holding back their workers’ salaries on the pretext of the ongoing conflict in Donbass, the country’s social affairs minister said on Sunday.

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“The employers are violating their workers’ rights by taking advantage of the military situation in the east,” Pavlo Rozenko told the Kiev-based Channel 5 TV channel.

Rozenko said the current wage arrears now stood at a whopping 2 billion hryvnias.

Ukraine has long been teetering on the brink of a default with the national currency a whole three times and the state debt amounting to $68 billion, including around $40 billion owned to foreign lenders.

The London-based Daily Telegraph newspaper earlier warned that if the impasse over Ukraine’s mounting debt is not resolved the ordinary Ukrainians may find themselves four times poorer than they are now.

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