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Ukraine's graft problem tests Western patience and resolve

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde during a meeting in Kiev in 2015Ukraine’s failure to fight state graft is testing the patience of its Western allies and threatening renewed economic and political chaos in a country still healing the wounds of war. The latest and perhaps sternest warning to the pro-EU team of President Petro Poroshenko came Wednesday from IMF chief Christine Lagarde — the architect and one of the most ardent supporters of Ukraine’s huge financial rescue plan. “I am concerned about Ukraine’s slow progress in improving governance and fighting corruption,” the International Monetary Fund’s managing director said in an unusually strongly-worded statement.

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