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IMF, other top global lenders warn of ‘extensive’ economic fallout from Ukraine war

A police officer walks at the site of a bombing that damaged residential buildings in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A police officer walks at the site of a bombing that damaged residential buildings in Kyiv, Ukraine, on March 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

LONDON — The International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and other top global lenders Friday warn of “extensive” economic fallout from the Ukraine war and express their horror at the “devastating human catastrophe.”

“The entire global economy will feel the effects of the crisis through slower growth, trade disruptions, and steeper inflation,” reads a joint statement, warning that the conflict was curbing energy and food supplies and increasing poverty.

The other signatories are the Council of Europe Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, plus the European Investment Bank.

The statement is issued after bosses met Thursday to discuss the global impacts of the Ukraine war — and their individual and collective responses to the escalating crisis.

“We are horrified and deeply concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing crisis,” the lenders add.

Attacks on civilians and their infrastructure are “causing tremendous suffering, creating massive population displacements, threatening international peace and security, and endangering basic social and economic needs for people around the world.”

“In addition to the devastating human catastrophe unfolding in Ukraine, the war is disrupting livelihoods throughout the region and beyond,” the statement says.

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