New poll results: Ukrainians fear Russia but don’t trust EU policy of appeasement



Since the Maidan, a new Kyiv poll shows, the share of Ukrainians favoring EU integration has risen from 41 percent to 47.2 percent since the Maidan, while that backing integration with Moscow has fallen from 35 percent to 12.3 percent. At the same time, the portion favoring neutrality has increased from 9 to 27 percent.

These figures are a response to Russia’s military actions against Ukraine and to the European Union’s failure to do as much as many Ukrainians had hoped, analysts at the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology which conducted the survey, told Tatyana Ivzhenko of “Nezavisimaya gazeta.”

In fact, the Kyiv experts said, “Ukrainians are afraid of the actions of Russia and at the same time do not trust European Union.”

The only part of the country in which more people favored integration with the Eurasian Union (30 percent) than the EU (20 percent) was in the Donbas, but even there, the former were far from a majority. In the southern regions, support for joining the EU stood at 33 percent, while backing for the Eurasian Union was 12 percent. In western and central Ukraine, majorities of 57 to 75 percent favored the EU while only very few backed the Moscow-led organization.

These figures mean, the newspapers Tatyana Ivzhenko says, that “even after the complete end of military activities, the Donbas could be reintegrated in Ukraine only on its own conditions,” which Kyiv has not yet accepted, and that there would be serious debates elsewhere as well because of distrust in the European Union.

Distrust in Europe, the Ukrainian experts say, has been growing over the past year because of the EU’s constant statements about the need for Ukraine to do nothing that would anger the Russians and its failure to do more than issue political declarations which showed that the EU was “for peace at any price,” even if Ukrainian interests had to be sacrificed.

The attitudes in the Donbas are “dictated by completely different things than in the remainder of Ukraine,” the Kyiv experts say. There, people put regional values ahead of state ones, a pattern that is true they suggest even in those parts of the region still under the control of the Ukrainian government.

According to one of the volunteers speaking on conditions of anonymity, “pro-Russian attitudes” are not strong there, “but people nonetheless feel a desire “to separate themselves from Ukraine which has not defended them or saved them from shelling, has not paid them their wages and pensions, and doesn’t offer them help.” They make the same demands of Russia.

Konstantin Bondarenko, the head of the Institute of Ukrainian Policy, says that “we have lost the Donbas, in the sense that Ukraine has lost the struggle for its people.” Even if Kyiv wins militarily, it will create more problems for itself because “the Donbas cannot be subordinated by force alone.”

But Sergey Taran, the head of the International Institute of Democracy, disagrees. At the very least, he suggests, it is too early to draw such conclusions. And he points out the obvious: the Donbas cannot afford to go its own way and needs help from Kyiv or from Moscow. Over time, the Ukrainian government is more likely to provide it, and that could prove decisive.

Edited by: A. N.

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  • Victor V

    What is it on the photo above? OMG, it is the armored personnel carrier, which killed in the street accident an 8yo girl and severely wounded her mother and little brother. No wonder it was driven by drunk Ukrainian ATO “heroes”.

    • Victor V

      After this accident mass protests has began with the claims to Ukrainian army get out from Donbass.

      • Dirk Smith

        Nice try katsap. This accident, which they admitted, unlike the muscovite invader, pales in comparison to the genocide being perpetuated by the drunken muscovite baboons. Debaltseve, Mariupol, Kramatorsk, MH17, Volnovokha, etc. Never forgotten.

      • Michel Cloarec

        Do you have to lie instead of air. You don´t feel ashamed to use the death of that little girl for you dirty comment.
        That little girl is called Polina , she deserves respect , so her family, And you to be sent to somewhere DAESH can take care of you. Born barbarian always a barbarian from the steppes of ural mountains.

        • Dagwood Bumstead

          What can one expect from a “Kolorad”? Like his namesake the Colorado beetle, he does nothing useful, but can only destroy what is useful to others. As the Colorado beetle destroys potato crops, the Kolorads destroy everything they touch in the Donbass and blame others.

          • Michel Cloarec

            Sorry I know potatoes are very important for food to russian people, and the potatoes skin for making vodka .
            I will restrain my apetite so you have something to eat tomorrow and moonshine on vodka fabrication.
            Good night to you, don´t drink too much , it destroys your brain, if you have any !
            (pic= dagwood bumstead) ( bum what ?)

      • Michel Cloarec

        There were not mass protests. A 50 persons went to the barracks on threw bensin of the door of the dormitory.
        I suppose you have no children. If you have don´t show what you write, they will denie you as “no blood allergy monster”
        So end your diatribes !

    • Dalton

      I’m sure the driver will be punished if he was drunk. I also wonder how someone like you can mock the death of the young girl when it would not have happened had there not been a war being waged by Russia and its thugs as there would be no need for APCs in the area.. then again I don’t wonder .. you’re either a putin propagandist or troll… which is it?

    • Racquel

      I know it’s your job, but some things are sacred. Pay respect to the dead and spare children from your propagandistic targets.

      This accident does not compare to the premeditated massacre of an entire Armenian family committed by, who else, another Russian soldier.

    • disqus_aJpixObjG7

      Come on down to Donbas Victor you coward racist criminal russian fascist- Ukrainians are waiting to welcome you and your kind:
      Two russian doctors, including Roman Frolov, who were torturing and
      CASTRATING UKRAINIAN prisoners were captured, castrated and destroyed by
      UKRAINIAN commandos on a special mission to eliminate them in Donetsk on March 18 see here click for translation

  • Mazepa

    Stupid mockal…..victor’s brother, who was driving that carrier, had his head and that of his 2 other brothers surgically removed.
    monkey putin will be next….his head on a stick for all to see.
    Even his boyfriend s. seagal cannot save him now.