Saturday, December 27, 2014

Window on Eurasia: Ukrainians Overwhelmingly Opposed to Giving Up Donbas, Poll Shows

Paul Goble


            Staunton, December 27 – Despite the suggestions of some that Ukrainians might be better off if the Donbas were not part of their country and the arguments of others that they will never fully recover it, fewer than one Ukrainian in 50 – 1.8 percent – says Ukraine would be better off to give that region up and only one in 14 – 7.3 percent – is prepared to accept its loss.


More than half of the sample across Ukraine – 54.3 percent – said it was categorically against losing the Donbas, with another 27.1 percent indicating that they were more inclined to oppose that than to accept it.  In the Ukrainian-controlled portions of the Donbas, the total in these two categories was 72.6 percent, only slightly less than the all-Ukraine figure of 81.4.


            These are some of the findings of a poll conducted December 4-19 of 3035 Ukrainians in 179 cities and towns of that country, including in Ukrainian-controlled sections of the Donbas, by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology at the request of the ZN.UA news agency (

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