The population of Ukraine declines rapidly due to lack of money and health care reform

Summary

The health situation in Ukraine is “evidently totally out of control”. This lack of vaccines is on an “African” scale, with Ukraine also short of polio and meningitis vaccines. The population is rapidly declining because of the failed health care reform and lack of money.

Disproof

No evidence given, no credible reports supporting the population in Ukraine rapidly declining because of the health care reform.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 94
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/01/2018
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukrainian statehood
  • Outlet: Vesti Nedeli s Dmitriem Kiselyovym @ Rossiya 1 TV, 37:41, 40:34
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The EU is abandoning Ukraine

The EU has “lost interest” in Ukraine while the country is continuing to “decline”. So it did not give Ukraine the 600 million dollars tranche. [—] Ukraine is rapidly declining, turning into a wasteland.

Disproof

Recurring disinformation. No evidence of the EU abandoning Ukraine. The European Commission's decision not to transfer the 600 million dollars tranche to Ukraine was made because four of the measures linked to this macro-financial assistance remained outstanding. European Commission is ready to consider further Macro-Financial Assistance to Ukraine, provided reform momentum is stepped up, it stated.

The EU is supporting Ukraine through one of the most ambitious reform programmes the EU has ever undertaken. The provisional application of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area offers Ukraine privileged access to trade with a market of over 500 million consumers. The EU has provided long term loans to Ukraine to help stabilise its economy: €2.2 billion has been disbursed already. The EU (whose Member States represent altogether the largest IMF shareholder) is strongly supported by IMF loans and programmes which have helped to stabilise the economic situation in Ukraine and will continue to help the country to reform its economy. The EU is also providing substantial budget support, technical assistance and loans to SME businesses through the EIB and EBRD supported EU4Business programme. This is in addition to over 250 projects supporting reform efforts across sectors and industry http://bit.ly/2dQQWJq. Overall, the EU is both currently and historically the biggest international donor to Ukraine, and has proposed an overall support package of at least €11bn to help stabilise the economic and financial situation.

Ukraine is controlled by neo-Nazis

Ukraine is  a corrupt and Russophobe country, internationally isolated, controlled by an alliance of tycoons and neo-Nazis brought into power by a Western-inspired coup and working against Ukraine’s own citizens.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine. The demonstrations which began in Kyiv in November 2013 – called "Maidan", or "Euromaidan" – were not provoked from outside but were a result of the Ukrainian people's frustration with former President Yanukovych's last minute U-turn when, after seven years of negotiation, he refused to sign the EU–Ukraine Association Agreement and halted progress towards Ukraine's closer relationship with the EU as a result of Russian pressure. The protesters' demands included constitutional reform, a stronger role for parliament, formation of a government of national unity, an end to corruption, early presidential elections and an end to violence http://bit.ly/2ftv6iT.

There are no Nazis in the government nor in the parliament of Ukraine. Even the far-right ‘Right Sector’ (often depicted as "fascists" or "Nazis" by pro-Kremlin outlets) gained only 1.8% of the votes, far short of the threshold needed to enter the parliament. Ukraine's electorate clearly voted for unity and moderation, not extremism or Nazism, and the composition of the parliament reflects that http://bit.ly/2dFFEdi