REUTERS The International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ukraine&#39;s key lender, has kept its economic forecast for the country unchanged, saying the Ukrainian economy will grow by 2.7% in 2019. Ukraine&#39;s real GDP in 2020 is expected to grow by 3%, as before, according to the IMF&#39;s April 2019 World Economic Outlook. Read alsoWorld Bank worsens forecast for Ukraine&#39;s economic growth to 2.7% The country&#39;s economy in 2018 grew by 3.3%, according to the Fund&#39;s estimates. The IMF says the average annual inflation in Ukraine may reach 8% in 2019 and 5.9% in 2020. As UNIAN reported earlier, the growth of Ukraine&#39;s real gross domestic product in 2018 accelerated to 3.3%, a seven-year high, from 2.5% in 2017. Ukraine&#39;s GDP growth has been accelerating for the third year in a row. Inflation in Ukraine in 2018 slowed to 9.8% from 13.7% a year earlier. The National Bank of Ukraine predicts a slowdown in Ukraine&#39;s economy to 2.5% in 2019 amid 6.3% inflation at the year-end. Ukraine&#39;s national budget for 2019 is based on a macroeconomic forecast with a 3% increase in real GDP amid 7.4% inflation. The World Bank projects a 2.7% growth in Ukraine&#39;s economy amid 7.3% inflation. According to the consensus forecast compiled by UNIAN based on experts&#39; estimates, the country&#39;s economic growth in 2019 will slow to 2.8%, while the growth of consumer prices will decelerate to 7.2%.