The search for ways to restore Ukraine’s sovereignty over the occupied Donbas: public opinion on the eve of the parliamentary elections


This nationwide study was conducted jointly by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Razumkov Center sociological service on June 13-20, 2019 in every Ukrainian region except for Crimea and occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. 2,017 respondents were polled aged 18 and above. The theoretical sample error does not exceed 2.3%. Funding for the nationwide survey was provided by the MATRA project of the Royal Dutch Embassy in Ukraine.

Only 17% of Ukrainians support establishing peace in Donbas by force. The greatest number of supporters of this option is among the residents of the West (28%) and the Center (16%), much less popular this option is in the South (8%) and East (13%). The majority of respondents (49%) believes that for the sake of peace, it is worth making compromises, but not all of them. This opinion prevails in all regions: Central (51%), Eastern (50%), Southern (48%), Western (44%).

”Peace at any price” is not supported by voters of any of the parties. Such an option is the least popular among the voters of “Holos” (10%) and “European Solidarity” parties (7%). The biggest part of voters who support such option is among the supporters of “Opposition Platform – For Life” party (36.5%). But even among the supporters of this party, the majority believes that for the sake of peace it is worth making compromises, but not all of them (44%).

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