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The final days of the middle class in Ukraine

Ukrainian
sociologists claim that less than 5 percent of the population enjoys a quality
of life comparable with the average level of the European middle class.
According to their research, this social strata is made up of entrepreneurs and
top management of large companies exclusively. At the same time, only 1 percent
of the population can be considered rich.

Today
the remaining portion of the population spends most of their income on food (53
percent); it should be noted that inflation is increasing the price for food
without improving the quality. Besides food, families spend a lot of money on
education and medical care, despite the fact that these services are supposedly
free in Ukraine. Most Ukrainians are left with almost no funds for recreation
or cultural development.

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