Disinfo: Ukraine is a quasi-state with failed economy

Summary

Ukraine is a quasi-state. Everything that has happened over the past 30 years has worsened the situation of these territories. Ukraine is one of the few examples in the post-Soviet space when the economy has not only ceased to improve over 30 years but has been in a recession.

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine as a failed state. Consistent with pro-Kremlin narratives alleging that Ukraine is a degrading state that has failed to become Europe.

Ukraine has a functioning government and economy, it is a member of many international organisations, such as the United Nations and the Council of Europe, and a party to international agreements. Ukraine has bilateral diplomatic relations with the majority of states.

The Ukrainian economy has been affected by the recession of the 1990s, the world economic and financial crisis in 2008-2009 and the crisis provoked by the Russian military intervention in Ukraine that started in 2014. However, its gross domestic product (GDP) has exceeded the pre-Independence levels in 2005 and was at an all-time high in 2013. Moreover, Ukraine's GDP per person has been improving steadily since 2015 and as of 2018-2019 was the largest in Ukrainian history.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 186
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 02/03/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, economy, Abandoned Ukraine, Ukrainian disintegration, Economic difficulties
  • Outlet: News Front time 10:45-11:10
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Disproof

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on Crimea.

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Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative denying Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

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