70% of Ukrainian population suffer from poverty.

According to the data of ombudsperson Nina Karpacheva, more than 70% of citizens of Ukraine may be related to the poor. This was told by Nina Karpacheva at the round table ’Protecting rights and freedoms of the most vulnerable groups of population’.

At the same time she quoted official data, according to which 26.7% are poor, among them about 14% -- paupers. N. Karpacheva noticed that there exists the tendency of increasing the number of the handicapped in Ukraine. According to ombudsperson’s data, the number of the handicapped grew by 1.5% from 1 January 2000 to 1 January 2001.

Now this category includes, along with war invalids (274.8 thousand people), 79.5 thousand of victims of the Chernobyl catastrophe, 1,552,800 invalids of common diseases, 104.8 thousand of invalids of labor and professional diseases. The total number of invalids in Ukraine is more than 2.5 million people, nonetheless guaranteeing the right of this group of population still remains unsatisfactory, UNIAN informs.
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