wallpapercave.com Ukraine&#39;s gross external debt shrank by US$281 million, or 0.2%, in the first quarter of 2019 (Q1), to $114,429 billion. The central bank&#39;s debt shrank by 2.4% in Q1, to $7.745 billion, the debt of other depository corporations – by 11%, to $5.162 billion, and the debt of other sectors – by 1.1%, to $50.878 billion, according to the National Bank of Ukraine&#39;s (NBU) website. Read alsoDebt pressure: borrowing again to pay back previous "loans" At the same time, the general government debt rose by 2.5%, to $41.144 billion, while direct investments (inter-firm debt) grew by 0.9%, to $9.500 billion. UNIAN memo. Ukraine&#39;s gross external debt in 2018 decreased by $741 billion, or by 0.6%.