East StratCom disinformation claim:

Ukraine’s sanctions against Russia are running the country’s own economy into the ground. The government is taking irresponsible steps against an impoverished people.

Documentation for claim

Period/date: 17. October 2016

Debunk claim:

Ukraine’s official Statistical Agency shows a somewhat different picture. Ukraine’s Economy and Trade Ministry presented the country’s budget for 2017 with a projected GDP growth of 3%, 8% inflation and unemployment at less than 9%. Neither do Ukrainian experts see the sanctions as destroying Ukraine’s economy. Instead, the situation is pushing Ukraine to develop new technologies, improve the quality of Ukrainian products and search for new markets. http://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-russia-sanctions-running-ukrainian-economy-into-the-ground/ // In contrast, the Russian economy has been in recession for the past 18 months: http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/11/news/economy/russia-economy-recession-six-quarters/

Documentation for the debunk

Additional information

This information is reported by StopFake in Disinformation Review issue 45. The item is located at row number 15 in the report.

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