REUTERS Ukraine&#39;s international reserves shrank over large repayments on state debt in September. They amounted to US$21.438 billion as of October 1, 2019, which was 2.6% down on September 1, 2019, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) said on its website. In September, the government and the National Bank paid US$1.974 billion to service and repay foreign currency state debt, including US$1.224 billion in eurobond repayments. Read alsoUkraine making largest payment on debt in 2019 at $1.1 bln The expenses were partially offset by revenues from the placement of government bonds in foreign currency in the amount of US$546.9 million. In addition, the favorable situation in the foreign exchange market allowed the National Bank to replenish reserves by purchasing foreign currency worth US$930.3 million. It is also reported that the current reserves cover 3.4 months of future imports and are 3% higher than at the beginning of the year. UNIAN memo. Ukraine&#39;s international reserves in 2018 increased by 10.6% to US$20.820 billion, updating a five-year high. In September 2019, the government handled this year&#39;s largest debt payment: US$661 million on eurobonds of 2015 and US$444 million in accrued interest on bonds of the same year that are maturing in 2019-2023.