Ukraine spent three times more money on roads in 2021 than planned at the beginning of the year

9 February 2022, 11:35 AM

Ukraine’s central government spent UAH 132 billion ($4.7 billion) on road construction in 2021, which is almost three times more than was planned at the beginning of the year, according to the Kyiv-based NGO Center for Economic Strategy.

By the end of the year, the road construction sector had received an additional UAH 85 billion ($3 billion) on top of approved budgetary figures.

Together with local budget expenditures, the total amount of funds spent on road works amounted to UAH 178 billion ($6.3 billion) – that’s 40% more than Ukraine's defense expenditure, which was UAH 128 billion ($4.5 billion) in 2021.

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Spending on social programs (pensions, housing, etc.) in 2021 increased by UAH 25 billion ($900 million), or 8% higher than planned in the budget.

Spending on healthcare increased by UAH 13 billion (+8%, $464 million), on the army by UAH 9 billion ($321 million, +7%), and on law enforcement by UAH 9 billion ($321 million, +5%).

Overall, state budget revenues in 2021 turned out to be 18% higher than planned, while expenditures increased by 13%.

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