East StratCom disinformation claim:

Economy of Ukraine has collapsed, civil liberties have disappeared, corruption is unprecedented and the population lives in fear.

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Period/date: 26. February 2017

Debunk claim:

Ukraine achieved macro stabilisation, with the economy set to post real GDP growth in 2016. Inflation is down to single digits and the currency stabilised. The country successfully rescheduled its debt and created space for structural reforms. It restructured its banking sector in record time with the closure of one third of insolvent banks. Ukraine also successfully embarked on the restructuring of the energy sector, slashing its dependency on imports of gas from Russia. http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/press-release/2016/04/01/ukarine-economic-update-spring-2016, http://carnegieeurope.eu/2016/04/29/ukraine-s-indispensable-economic-reforms/ixsk. Ukraine’s progress in reforming the police, and the first tangible results of the work of the National anti-corruption office (NABU), show that progress is now being made in the fight against corruption at all levels.

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Additional information

This information is reported by Pavel Spirin, former journalist in Disinformation Review issue 61. The item is located at row number 16 in the report.

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