Ukrainian protesters symbolically stuck pumpkins on the gates outside their parliament to show their refusal of new austerity measures. The fruit is usually given to men when their marriage proposal is turned down – and the demonstrators in Kiev are emphatically saying no to spending cuts.
The IMF has told the Ukrainian government that savings need to be made before the country can have the next installment of a loan of over 11 million euros. Two portions were given, before the loan was frozen – threatening the funds due in December.
Proposals have been made to cut payments and subsidies for war veterans who fought in the Soviet Afghan conflict. Payouts could also be reduced for victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
The government is trying to avoid raising household energy bills by reducing subsidies it provides for those.