"This lower forecast is mainly driven by the ongoing conflict that has complicated efforts to stabilize the economy, disrupted economic activities, and hurt confidence of both investors and consumers," wrote the bank in the press release which announced these results.
While a gradual recovery starting in 2016 is possible if the conflict abates and macroeconomic and structural reforms are implemented by the authorities, "the outlook is subject to substantial risks, tilted to the downside," as a further escalation of the conflict may deepen the nation's economic decline in 2015 and delay recovery over the next few years.
"Structural reforms, which are crucial to sustain international financial support and spur recovery, may be complicated by a fragile political environment, possible social resistance in the absence of strong safety nets and opposition by vested interests," wrote the bank in the report.
"Lower or delayed international financial assistance may exacerbate fiscal and balance of payment problems and put further downward pressure on the Hryvnia."
In 2014 the World Bank delivered $3 billion to Ukraine in financial aid, and in February 2015 it promised another $2 billion of lending for 2015.