News from Ukraine: Ukraine's corruption continues to cost the country dearly - CBCnews

12:15 Jul. 24, 2016

Ukraine's corruption continues to cost the country dearly - CBCnews

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (UNIAN Photo)

Free trade deal with Canada may not encourage investment there

Their country is divided by a war that has killed thousands and displaced more than a million people.

And yet when polled on which is more urgent — the war against pro-Russian rebels or the war against corruption — Ukrainians say it's corruption, by a margin of more than two-to-one.

Such is the scale of disgust with what is seen as rampant thievery by many of Ukraine's ruling elite.

Read also Ukraine signs historic trade deal with Canada

And the current president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, has been at times a reluctant recruit to the anti-corruption campaign.

Despite that hesitancy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to Ukraine earlier this month. While there, he signed a free trade agreement with Poroshenko and pledged Canada's continuing support for the nation as it battles Russian-backed rebels. Full story 

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