By Sabina Zawadzki and Lesley Wroughton
KIEV/WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund and Ukraine said on Sunday they had reached an agreement in principle for a $16.5 billion loan package to ease the effects of the global financial crisis.
But analysts said politicians would have to set aside differences to adopt a set of financial measures needed to clinch the deal and secure the loan.
The IMF statement said nothing about the conditions it sought from Ukraine. But a joint central bank and finance ministry statement said the government would have to draw up a balanced budget and introduce measures to support banks.