Disinfo: Ukraine does not help businesses and people affected by the quarantine


Ukrainian authorities rewrote the country’s budget to please the IMF. Payments to the regions, subsidies to the population and financing of medicine were reduced. Help for businesses and people affected by the quarantine is not provided.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative alleging that Ukraine is controlled by the IMF. It's also a narrative about the collapse of the financial system of Ukraine, and the absence of support for Ukrainian citizens in need, etc.

“The amendments to the [Ukrainian] national budget for the current year are being made to optimise spending in response to the external and domestic challenges related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic and the global economic crisis,” the head of the state’s press service said.

There are also plans and programs to provide help to businesses and people in need because of the quarantine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy assured that “the Ukrainian government has almost finalised a large program to support small and medium-sized businesses, those most in need and those who will suffer from coronavirus, as well as from the economic crisis. A program has been developed for this support: there is a reduction in tax pressure and credit holidays.”

The Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine launched the online help platform “Help is Near” to provide targeted assistance to vulnerable groups during the quarantine period.




  • Reported in: Issue 194
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Ukraine, IMF


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