REUTERS First Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Economic Development and Trade Stepan Kubiv says the real gross domestic product (GDP) in Ukraine has grown by 8.4% over the last three years. "Over the past three years, the government provided an 8.5% growth in GDP. Recently, the State Statistics Service increased its preliminary estimate of GDP growth in the first quarter of 2019 [Q1] from 2.2% to 2.5%," Kubiv said in the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine&#39;s parliament, on June 21. According to the official, shadow economy in Ukraine dropped by 10 percentage points (p.p.) from 2015, to 30% of the GDP. Referring to job search websites, Kubiv added that the average salary in the country&#39;s private sector in April 2019 reached almost US$440 (in equivalent, at the rate of the National Bank of Ukraine), which means improvement in the sector. Read alsoUkraine to get additional US$72 bln GDP in decade due to energy reform – expert The official also noted the growth in the share of Ukrainian products in the European markets, to 33.5%. In addition, financing of Ukraine&#39;s the country&#39;s military and industrial complex rose 100 times: from UAH 30 million ($1,137) in 2016 to $3.2 billion ($121 million) in 2018. As reported earlier, the State Statistics Service of Ukraine had revised upwards its estimate of Ukraine&#39;s real GDP growth in the first quarter of 2019 from 2.2% to 2.5% year-over-year (y-o-y). UNIAN memo. The growth of Ukraine&#39;s real gross domestic product in 2018 accelerated to 3.3%, a seven-year high, from 2.5% in 2017. Ukraine&#39;s national budget for 2019 is based on a macroeconomic forecast with a 3% increase in real GDP. The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank project a 2.7% growth in Ukraine&#39;s economy in 2019. According to the consensus forecast compiled by UNIAN based on experts&#39; estimates, the country&#39;s economic growth in 2019 will slow to 2.8%.