RUSSIALINK: “Cessation of hostilities in Donbas Ukrainians’ biggest expectation from next president – poll” – Interfax

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KYIV. June 26 (Interfax) – A cessation of fighting in eastern Ukraine is the prevailing requirement of the country’s citizens for the next president of Ukraine, being backed by 63% of respondents in a poll conducted by the Rating sociological group on June 14-24.

Forty-nine per cent are expecting more efforts to fight corruption, 40% want a revival of manufacturing, and 30% want an increase in living standards, according to the poll’s findings unveiled at the Interfax office in Kyiv on Tuesday.

Between 11% and 19% are expecting better medicine, oligarchs’ diminished influence on politics, a revival of agriculture, stronger national defenses, and a boost to business growth.

Between 4% and 8% want an improvement of Ukraine’s international image, reform in science and education, protection for the Ukrainian language and culture.

The poll was conducted by the face-to-face interviewing of 2,500 Ukrainian citizens aged 18 and above.