Twenty percent of Ukrainians support restoration of peace in Donbas through use of force

Twenty percent of Ukrainians support restoration of peace in Donbas through use of force

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Only 20% of Ukrainians support the restoration of peace in Donbas through the use of force (restoration of Ukraine's military control over the territories of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” and the “Luhansk People’s Republic”).

This is evidenced by the results of the survey "Public Opinion on the Situation in Donbas and Ways to Restore Ukraine's Sovereignty over Occupied Territories (February 2020)" conducted by the Razumkov Center Sociological Service.

"Only 20% of citizens support the restoration of peace in Donbas through use of force (restoration of Ukraine's military control over the territories of the “Donetsk People’s Republic” and the “Luhansk People’s Republic”). However, only 13% support the separation of the occupied territories from Ukraine (65.5% do not support), only 10% support the recognition of Crimea as Russia’s territory in exchange for the liberation of Donbas (70% do not support)," the statement reads.

At the same time, the majority of respondents (62%) oppose granting and consolidation in the Constitution of "special status" of certain territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (only 21% support). Even less popular is the idea of ​​introducing a federal system in Ukraine (68% do not support, 11% support).

In addition, respondents mostly reject the following compromises for restoration of peace in Donbas: pardoning those who participated in the fighting in Donbas (63% do not support, 14.5% support), giving up European integration, withdrawing from the Association Agreement with the EU (60% do not support, 20% support), granting the Russian language the status of the second state language (54% do not support, 31% support), rejecting the prospect of NATO membership, enshrining the neutral status of Ukraine in the Constitution (54% do not support, 26% support).

The survey was conducted by the Razumkov Center Sociological Service from February 13 to February 17, 2020. A total of 2,018 respondents, aged 18 and older, were interviewed in all regions of Ukraine, except for Crimea and the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

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