REUTERS Bank deposits in the national currency in Ukraine in 2019 grew by 18.5%, to UAH 639.733 billion (US$26.7 billion), while deposits in foreign currency also showed growth – by 28.5%, to US$17.16 billion, in the U.S. dollar equivalent. Read alsoVolume of deposits growing in Ukrainian banks Bank deposits in hryvnias in December 2019 alone increased by 9.8%, while those in foreign currency expanded by 6.6%, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) website. The balance of hryvnia loans shrank by 0.4% from January to December 2019 (by 2.2% in December 2019 alone), to UAH 608.562 billion (US$25.4 billion), the regulator said. The balance of loans in foreign currency declined by 8.6% in the 12 months of 2019 (by 2.4% in December 2019 alone), to US$15.155 billion in the U.S. dollar equivalent. As UNIAN reported earlier, the volume of bank deposits in the national currency in Ukraine in 2018 rose by 10%, to UAH 539.7 billion (US$22.5 billion), while that of deposits in foreign currency fell by 2.4%, to US$13.4 billion.