Victory Day and its place in the historical memory of Ukrainians

A nationwide survey was conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation jointly with the Razumkov Centre sociological service on 22-29 April 2021 in all regions of Ukraine, except for Crimea and the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. 2021 respondents aged 18 and older were polled. The margin of the sampling error is 2.3%.

The survey was funded within the MATRA project of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

41% of Ukrainians support the celebration of both dates in Ukraine: Remembrance and Reconciliation Day on 8 May and Victory Day on 9 May. 31% consider that only 9 May should be celebrated, 9% believe that only Remembrance and Reconciliation Day on 8 May should be celebrated, while 10% do not care. The Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation as the only end-of-war commemoration choice finds the broadest support in the West (22%). In the East and in the South (42% and 48%, respectively) Ukrainians say the Day of Victory over Nazism in World War II is the only commemoration day to celebrate.

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