The poverty level in Ukraine in 2017, according to the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, fell to 12%. This was reported by the Deputy Executive Director of KIIS Victoria Zahozha, informs DT.UA.
According to her, from 1994 to 2017 the poverty level in Ukraine changed. The worst situation was in the late 1990s. In 1998, 52% of respondents believed that they were almost starving. Then the situation improved, and for 10 years - until 2008 - the poverty level dropped to 11%.
"And this is one of the few, but important achievements of Ukraine over the years," the sociologist said. "In 2008, after the outbreak of the global crisis, the level of poverty increased to 21%, but then the situation began to improve. Before the outbreak of the military conflict, in 2013 the poverty rate was 9%, increasing almost twofold to 17% from 2014 to 2016. But over the past year the situation has improved and the poverty level has fallen to 12%."
Let's note, on December 4, President Petro Poroshenko spoke in favor of raising the minimum wage in 2018 in Ukraine.