The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is concerned that recent developments in Ukraine "could roll back progress that has been made in setting up independent institutions" to crack down on corruption.
"We are deeply concerned by recent events in Ukraine that could roll back progress that has been made in setting up independent institutions to tackle high-level corruption, including the National Anticorruption Bureau of Ukraine [NABU] and the Special Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office [SAPO]," IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in a statement published early on December 7 morning.
Countering corruption is a key demand of Ukrainian society, she said.
"Fighting corruption is a key demand of the Ukrainian society, is crucial to achieving stronger and equitable growth, and is part of the government's commitment under the program with the IMF," Lagarde said.
"We urge the Ukrainian authorities and parliament to safeguard the independence of NABU and SAPO. We also urge the authorities to move quickly with legislation to operationalize an independent anticorruption court consistent with the recommendations of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, which is essential to credibly adjudicate high-level corruption cases," she said.