Thursday, July 7, 2022

    Poll: 89% of Ukrainians say territorial concessions to Russia in exchange for peace unacceptable

    More than half of Ukrainians are convinced that Ukraine will be able to liberate all its territories, including Crimea and Donbas. For 89% of respondents, territorial concessions for the sake of achieving peace are unacceptable.

    This is evidenced by the latest survey run by The Wall Street Journal and the NORC Research Institute at the University of Chicago, RFE/RL reports.

    Some 66% of respondents are convinced that the Armed Forces are able to liberate the territories that Russia has occupied since the full-scale invasion on February 24. Only 10% of respondents doubt this.

    Slightly more than half – 53% of Ukrainians – are confident that the Armed Forces will manage to push back Russian occupiers from all over Ukraine, including the occupied Donbas and Crimea.

    More than 50% of Ukrainians surveyed said they had lost friends or relatives in the war. And two-thirds of respondents admitted that they lost their jobs or savings.

    Evaluating the actions of President Volodymyr Zelensky, 78% of respondents expressed support for how the head of state responds to the Russian invasion. At the same time, 7% of respondents consider the president’s actions weak.

    On peace with Russia

    The vast majority of respondents (81%) oppose negotiations to let Russia retain control of Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which Russia captured prior to fully invading Ukraine.

    About 89% of Ukrainians consider unacceptable a potential agreement with Russia, which would provide for territorial concessions to Moscow in order to achieve peace.

    On Western assistance

    Assessing military and financial assistance to Ukraine during the full-scale war, 89% of Ukrainians surveyed praised support on the part of Poland, which has accepted 3 million refugees from Ukraine and is providing arms to Kyiv.

    About 75% of respondents are happy with U.S. assistance. At the same time, only 27% of respondents said they were satisfied with France’s support, and only 22% said Germany’s support was sufficient.