According to UN estimates, in Ukraine more than 60% of the population are poor. In recent years, the share of those families whose income and expenses are lower than the actual cost of living has significantly increased – and this is one of the main indicators of the level of absolute poverty. The lack of peace in Ukraine discourages investors and depresses the country’s economic growth. This was emphasized by the former MP, Tetiana Bakhteieva, on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
According to her, Ukraine has the lowest minimum wage among European countries (including Moldova). Against the backdrop of record unemployment, many Ukrainians are forced to accept any kind of job with a minimum wage “in envelopes”, as well as leave the country en masse. Among the people who are forced to leave Ukraine, there are many doctors, she stressed.
“Due to the reduction in funding and the complete failure of medical pseudo-reform, medical care is becoming increasingly inaccessible. According to various estimates, from 50% to 70% of Ukrainians self-medicate due to lack of funds for medicines and doctors,” Tetiana Bakhteieva said.
The politician believes that the lack of peace in Ukraine discourages investors and depresses the country’s economic growth. “Therefore, Ukraine needs a real strategy to end the war, rather than fine slogans “about the end of the era of poverty”, the former MP concluded.