Ukrainian attitudes harden against Kremlin’s positions on Donbas

Devastation in the Donbas - the product of Putin's military aggression into peaceful Ukraine. (Image: Slavyansk Delovoy)

Devastation in the Donbas - the product of Putin's military aggression into peaceful Ukraine. (Image: Slavyansk Delovoy) 

Analysis & Opinion, Russia, Ukraine, War in the Donbas

According to new polls, 60 percent of Ukrainians favor the introduction of international peacekeepers in the Donbas; and 55 percent oppose any special status for that region, a hardening of Ukrainian attitudes about things the Kremlin doesn’t want in the first case and very much wants in the second.

These are only some of the pieces of “bad news” for the Kremlin, Yury Vishnevsky of Delovaya stolitsa says. Among the others is the fact that a majority of Ukrainians – 54.6 percent — now favor identifying the areas in Donetsk and Luhansk oblast not under Kyiv’s control as “occupied territories.” Only 22.3 percent oppose doing that.

And only 8.7 percent of Ukrainians are prepared to consider the possibility that the Donbas might become independent or part of Russia. The majority, in contrast, “prepare to wait until Donetsk and Luhansk are returned to Ukraine under Kyiv’s conditions, Vishnevsky says summarizing the latest polls, all of which show a hardening of attitudes on this subject.

Respondents of the latest poll, conducted by Kucherin Democratic Initiative Foundation and the Razumkov Center, were asked whether it was necessary to make compromises with Moscow or the leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk “republics” to achieve peace.

  • Only 17.9% of Ukrainians say that they favor peace “at any price” and with “any compromise.”
  • 52% say that some compromises are needed but “not on every” issue.
  • 17.7% argue that “in fact peace in the Donbas can be established only from a position of force when one of the sides wins.”

Those surveyed were also asked “what decisions should be taken in order to establish peace in the Donbas?” They were offered 11 possible answers, and they were least supportive of what Moscow wants and most supportive of taking a hard line against Russian pretensions. Below are the 11 positions and the percentage of Ukrainians supporting each:

  • “Amnesty for all those who have taken part in military actions in the Donbas” – 3.8%
  • “Introduction of a federal system in Ukraine” – 4.6%
  • “Extend to the Russian language the status of a second state language” – 4.9%
  • “Reject the prospect of NATO membership and the inclusion in the constitution of a paragraph requiring Ukraine to remain neutral” – 6.3%
  • “The conduct on the territories controlled by the DNR and LNR of legitimate elections” – 11.7%
  • “Extending to the DNR and LNR a special status within the borders of Ukraine” – 11.8%
  • “Separation of the territories occupied by the DNR and LNR from Ukraine” – 8.8%
  • “Ending financing of the territories occupied by the DNR and LNR – 11%
  • “Establish Ukraine’s control over these territories by military force” – 13.5%
  • “Successful restoration of normal life on the territories of the Donbas controlled by Ukraine” – 28%
  • “Force Russia to stop interfering in the conflict in the Donbas by intensifying international sanctions and international pressure on the Russian Federation” – 38.1%.

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  • zorbatheturk

    Fark the Putin. Fark RuSSiya. Putin must get out. No compromises.

  • Ihor Dawydiak

    Cowards die a thousand deaths whereas bullies that are properly confronted will almost always eventually turn and flee. As such, Ukraine’s response to Russia’s aggression in Donbas should be considered as appropriate.

  • Screwdriver

    “According to new polls, 60 percent of Ukrainians favor the introduction of international peacekeepers in the Donbas; and 55 percent oppose any special status for that region”
    Where this poll was conducted ? On what was left of Ukraine ? Or they polled Crimea and Donbass also ? :-) What a piece of crap this poll is… :-)

    • veth

      Donbass and Crimea are Ukraine, toiletcleaner.

    • veth

      Tomorrow Lukashenko will visit Kyiv, to boost the economic ties.

      • Screwdriver

        Despite protests of the Kiev Nazi regime, Belarus will show Russian made movie “Crimea. Don’t tell your loved ones goodbye”. Very nice!

        • veth

          Toiletcleaner, Ukraine is an democracy, Hitler-Russia an fascist state.

          • Screwdriver

            It was about Belarus, not Russia, take your head off the toilet and read again.

    • Brent

      So that little sliver of what Russia’s “great army” and your terrorist Russo Nazzi buddies should have a greater say than the 90% of Ukraine that is still intact? Face it “Screwball”, your kind and your terrorist ideas are not wanted in Ukraine. Good thing you fled to South Philly….

      Why do I need to keep reminding idiots like you how “Little” Novorossiya, or Malorussia, or whatever you stooges want to call the invaded parts of Ukraine actually are?

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/60c9b16a8c71818204f34415ea4d59cb9002e41a07ed5be856b24481dfe7293f.jpg

      • Screwdriver

        Honey, it still depends which exact areas of Malorussia were polled.
        This is an example of poll which was conducted on TV channel in Kiev, most of those who participated ready to see “separatists” in Ukrainian parliament. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ti4dzbGTTP0

        • veth

          The Rada is closed for Russian soldiers.

          • Screwdriver

            But More then 50% of Kiev residents who participated in that poll are ready for them to be in Rada.

          • veth

            Moron, Donbass will be liberated, the Russian problem solved.

          • Screwdriver

            While your head is in the toilet, Donbass was liberated already, you missed a lot. :-)

          • veth

            Donbass is Ukraine, subhuman. The Russian Army will be defeated, 5000 Russian Army soldiers already killed. 70% of the industry is destroyed in Donbass by fascist Russian.

          • Screwdriver

            Looks like your head is still in the toilet, you poor stinky thing. :-)

  • Screwdriver

    “Я в марті місяці їду за гряницю, а в Малоросію не поїду, цур їй, бо там, окрім плачу, нічого не почую.”
    Taras Shevchenko ( Kobzar), (letter in Ukrainian from Russia to Kuharenka 1843)

  • veth

    A preliminary agreement has been reached on the supply of two ship loads of anthracite coal from America, Interfax-Ukrayina reports July 19.

    “We are working on the schedule to make sure the supply of coal from America do not coincide with the supplies from the South African Republic,” Ukraine’s energy and coal minister Ihor Nasalyuk said.

    Earlier Pres Donald Trump expressed readiness to supply coal to Ukraine.

    Ukraine stopped supplies of anthracite coal from rebel-held territories in Donbas not support the enemy economically. Читайте більше тут: http://zik.ua/en/news/2017/07/19/ukraine_agrees_contract_with_us_to_supply_coal_1135373

  • veth

    Ukraine-EU trade turnover up 22% Trade turnover between Ukraine and the European Union in the first quarter of 2017 increased by 21.6%, the press service of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade reported.

    Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/economics/2040064-ukraine-eu-trade-turnover-up-22.html