Disinfo: Ukraine was planning to sell its products to the EU but it isn’t happening


Ukrainians thought they would be able to sell their goods quickly to the European Union when they became associated. And nothing happens.


The recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Ukraine and its relations with the European Union.

In June 2014, the EU and Ukraine signed the Association Agreement, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which promotes deeper political ties, stronger economic links and respect for common values. See here for more details about EU-Ukraine relations.

The total trade turnout between the EU and Ukraine increased to 50 billion USD in 2018. During 2015-2018, Ukraine increased its exports to the EU from 13 billion USD to 23 billion USD. Overall, in 2018, Ukrainian exports to the EU increased by 13.1%. Now, the EU accounts for almost half of Ukrainian exports.

See here for further information about the DCFTA and the cooperation between the EU and Ukraine.


  • Reported in: Issue 167
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 07/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: EU, Trade, Europe


Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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