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Poverty is clearly worsening

The president of Ukraine says that the authorities have managed to reduce poverty in Ukraine. He has reported a continuous reduction of poverty rate, a 25 percent increase of minimum wage and 10 percent increase of actual salary level).

However, according to sociologists, the level of poor people – those who do not have enough money for food – has increased from 12.5 percent in early 2008 to 13.8 percent as of October 2011.

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