JRL NEWSWATCH: “Poll: 63% of Ukrainians see Russia as aggressor” – UNIAN (Kyiv)

Map of Ukraine, Including Crimea, and Neighbors, Including Russia

“Almost two-thirds of the citizens of Ukraine, or 63%, consider the Russian Federation to be an aggressor country vis-à-vis Ukraine, according to a nationwide poll conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, the Oleksandr Razumkov Ukrainian Centre for Economic and Political Studies and the Rating sociological group …. ‘We asked … “Is Russia seen as an aggressor country vis-à-vis Ukraine?” … 63% … think so, 22% do not … and 15% could not answer,’ Head of the Razumkov Center sociological service Andriy Bychenko said. … ‘If a referendum on Ukraine’s accession to the EU were held today, half, or 50%, would vote for accession, and 30% against it’ … NATO membership has slightly more supporters (40%) than opponents (36%). … Over the past two years, the level of support for Ukraine’s accession to both the EU and NATO has slightly decreased. … [S]upport for peaceful solutions to the crisis in Donbas has somewhat increased over the past month. The poll was conducted across Ukraine excluding Russian-annexed Crimea and the Russian-occupied areas in Donetsk and Luhansk ….”

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