Disinfo: Zelenskyу introduces tax on war and coronavirus in Ukraine


President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyу intends to introduce a war tax in the country. Currently, Ukrainian deputies are developing bills on the introduction of taxes on the war and even the coronavirus.


Another narrative about the war in Ukraine.

In Ukraine, the so-called "war tax" already exists. The military levy in Ukraine was introduced for additional financing of the Armed Forces in 2014. This decision became logical in the context of the Kremlin’s aggressive policy towards Ukraine and also taking into account the fact that after the reign of Viktor Yanukovych who fled to Russia, the Ukrainian budget was devastated and the state had a catastrophic lack of funds. The military levy is positioned as temporary and was extended until the completion of the reform of the Armed Forces. Tax is levied on taxpayer's income in the amount of 1.5%. The exception is pensions and other social benefits.

An additional reason to spread fakes about military levy was the Ukrainian April Anti-Crisis Law 3329-d. In fact, the law provides for the extension of tax breaks for business during the coronavirus pandemic. In particular, the document says that doctors are exempted from paying taxes and the military levy for the period of lockdown, as well as business representatives. So no additional “taxes on coronavirus and war” are introduced, but, on the contrary, are removed.


  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Volodymyr Zelensky, Rule of law, War in Ukraine


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