Disinfo: The age of total poverty has started in Ukraine


The age of total poverty has started in Ukraine. This conclusion can be reached by examining the data of a survey by polling company Gradus, carried out in different cities of Ukraine with a sample of over 50,000 people. Questions referred to the financial situation of citizens, and 90% of participants noticed an increase in prices in the last months, so 39% of them said that now they have to purchase the cheapest products. 24% of participants said that currently, they have to reduce consumption or avoid a series of products as they can’t afford them.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine.

This disinformation claim distorts the Gradus survey, which actually measured consumption habits on Black Friday in Ukraine, comparing the years 2020 and 2021.

Although poverty is serious problem in Ukraine, which some studies put at 51% of the population, the claim that “the age of total poverty has started in this country” is an exaggeration whose only aim is to frame it as a dysfunctional state unable to provide for its citizens, in line with frequent pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine.

See other examples of similar disinformation narratives, such as claims that Ukraine is looking for war as the government needs a controlled conflict, that Ukraine is an unstable country on the verge of total collapse, that Ukraine is ruled by a Nazi junta, or that under external control, Ukraine is doomed to escalate the conflict in Donbas.


  • Reported in: Issue 267
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/11/2021
  • Article language(s) Spanish
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukrainian statehood, Abandoned Ukraine, Ukrainian disintegration, Economic difficulties
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This is a recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets, claiming that NATO is a hostile military bloc whose main objective is to inflict harm on Russia.

NATO is a defensive alliance, whose primary aims are to maintain peace and safeguard the independence, security and territorial integrity of its members. Moreover, NATO poses no threat to Russia. During the Warsaw summit in July 2016, NATO has made it clear that "The Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia". This was also reaffirmed in the Brussels Summit Communiqué of 14 June 2021.

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Recurring disinformation narrative from pro-Kremlin outlets about the migration situation on the EU-Belarus borders.

The situation was manufactured by Belarus as a response to EU sanctions imposed on the Lukashenka regime for its oppressive measures against the political opposition. There is plenty of evidence that the Belarusian authorities have instigated the ongoing irregular migration flows to the EU borders via Belarus.

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NATO military exercises in the Black Sea serve the aspirations of the US and its allies to strengthen the containment policy against Russia. The manoeuvres violate a key part of the Russia-NATO founding act, as NATO pledged not to "move its military infrastructure eastward, on the territory of new members.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about NATO and its military exercises.

The Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation and Security between NATO and the Russian Federation, signed in 1997, does not prohibit NATO from moving its military infrastructure eastward, on the territory of its new members.