Disinfo: Ukraine is the most failed economy on Earth


Ukraine is the most failed economy on planet Earth; the only country where the GDP level decreased by 30 percent in comparison with the situation 30 years ago.


Recurring pro-Kremling disinformation narrative portraying the economic situation of Ukraine as disastrous and blaming various international actors - EUIMF - never Russia, for this state of affairs.

According to the World Bank, the GDP of Ukraine grew by 3.5 percent in the first half of 2019 compared to 3.3 percent in 2018. The solid growth was driven by a strong agricultural harvest as well as sectors dependent on domestic demand, including services (domestic trade, transport, and the financial sector) and construction.

In 2019 the GDP of Ukraine is 130,832 billion USD. Thirty years ago it was 82,709 billion USD - an increase of over 50 percent.

Ukraine’s economic freedom score is 52.3, making its economy the 147th freest out of 180 other countries in the 2019 Index of The Heritage Foundation.



  • Reported in: Issue 173
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 10/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Ukraine, economy


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Ukraine is an anti-Russian project of the CIA

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for the first time, directly and openly called modern Ukraine “the American project”.

According to Pompeo, the weapons that the United States supplied to Ukraine were intended for the “war with Russia”. Ukraine is an anti-Russian project of the CIA, whereby Ukraine has been assigned the role of weakening, and possibly destructing, Russia.


Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about Ukraine, claiming it is under the external control of the US. Conspiracy theory without any evidence.

The claims are based on a speech given by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on “The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future,” in Berlin, Germany, on November 8, 2019 in which he answered the following question "How committed is the United States to peace and stability in Ukraine? Without any preconditions?" By the project, he means working on peace and stability in Ukraine as can be seen in the transcript. His exact words were as follows:

MH17: JIT-investigation not interested in truth, BUK belonged to the Ukrainian Army

Based on the activities of the JIT investigation team, it became clear that revealing of the truth about the crash is not the goal of the experts.

The information that the Buk-missile with the serial number 8869032 was transferred to a military unit in Ukraine during Soviet times was not verified.

Instead of real evidence, the “experts” of the international investigation team JIT presented only dubious photos and videos of unknown origin that could not confirm the advertised version of Russia’s guilt.


Conspiracy theory claiming that the Ukrainian side was involved in the shooting down the MH17, with no evidence provided. An example of the many competing and occasionally contradictory stories around the downing of flight MH17.

The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has concluded that flight MH17 was shot down on 17 July 2014 by a missile of the 9M38 series, launched by a BUK-TELAR, from farmland in the vicinity of Pervomaiskiy (or: Pervomaiskyi). At that time, the area was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. The BUK-TELAR was brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation and subsequently, after having shot down flight MH17, was taken back to the Russian Federation. The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT), has concluded that the BUK-TELAR used to down MH17, originates from the 53rd Anti Aircraft Missile brigade, a unit of the Russian army from Kursk in the Russian Federation.

Only the Kyiv putschists, the West and their secret services had an interest in shooting down MH17

Why are there no calls for investigators to testify about the involvement of Western secret services in the shooting down of MH17? The Western secret services also organised a coup in Ukraine.

The Russian President and Russia were not interested in shooting down the Boeing and killing hundreds of people, it is illogical to think Russia has anything to do with the shot down. Only thy Kyiv putschists, who came to power in Ukraine, had an interest in shooting down MH17. Ukraine needed an incident like MH17, to be loved and cared for in the West. Only the tolerant, democratic, white and fluffy, unaccountable West profited from the downing of the Boeing and threw everything at Russia.


Combination of recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the downing of flight MH17, including a longstanding pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine's Euromaidan protests, as well as painting the West as the puppet-master of Ukrainian politics and portraying Ukraine as an anti-Russian project.

The JIT has provided concrete evidence of Russia's involvement in the MH17 shot down. On the 28th of September 2016, the JIT announced that flight MH17 was shot down by a missile from the 9M38 series, which was launched by a BUK TELAR missile system. The system was transported from the Russian Federation to an agricultural field near the town of Pervomaiskyi in Eastern Ukraine, where the missile was launched. After firing, the BUK TELAR was transported back to the Russian Federation (with one missing missile). On the 24th of May 2018, the JIT announced that the BUK TELAR came from the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade, a unit of the Russian armed forces from Kursk in the Russian Federation. On the basis of the JIT’s conclusions, the Netherlands and Australia are convinced that Russia is responsible for the deployment of the BUK installation - both governments are formally holding Russia accountable. The JIT conclusions were further corroborated by the Bellingcat Investigation Team. On the 14th November 2019, the JIT released several intercepted telephone calls, revealing details about secure means of communication used between DPR fighters and Russian officials. The telephone numbers that were used are from the same series and appear to be provided by the Russian security service FSB.