"In Ukraine, activity is supported by improved confidence and rising real incomes, including from a higher minimum wage, but growth is projected to soften slightly to 2% in 2017 due to the adverse impact on industrial production of the recent trade blockade in the eastern part of Ukraine," the IMF said in the World Economic Outlook for April 2017.

As UNIAN reported earlier, according to the EBRD's latest Regional Economic Prospects report, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) forecasts a 2% growth of the Ukrainian economy in 2017 and another 3% in 2018.