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Deputies are set to debate legislation that could unlock the release of a delayed USD 1.7 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund and other Western aid. But Ukraine's increasingly-splintered parliament has already blocked the implementation of some 2016 budget amendments that could make the former Soviet state's finances more transparent and loosen the state's hold on its biggest industrial companies. Parliament's failure to adopt the budget and major tax amendments could result in a lack of government funds "for Ukraine's army, police, schools, hospitals and lead to an effective economic catastrophe."
17% approve of Poroshenko's job performance
8% confident in their national government
5% say government doing enough to fight corruption
December 24, 2015 "Information Clearing House" - WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Despite signs last year that Ukraine's then-new president was starting to rebuild Ukrainians' trust in their leadership, President Petro Poroshenko is now less popular than his predecessor Viktor Yanukovych was before he was ousted. After more than a year in office, 17% of Ukrainians approve of the job that Poroshenko is doing. This approval rating is down sharply from 47% a few months after his election in May 2014.