Survey: Half of Russians support the struggling Donbass republics

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February 20, 2017 – Fort Russ – 

Sputnik PL – translated from Polish by J. Arnoldski – 

More than one third of Russians (36%) are in favor of Russia being neutral in the Ukrainian conflict, while nearly one fourth (24%) believe that the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics should be recognized, the latest survey by the All-Russian Center for Research on Public Opinion shows.

“In the conflict between the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and Kiev, half of Russians support the DPR and LPR in one form or another: 8% have in mind aiding the establishment of autonomy; 24% believe that their independence must be recognized, while 18% are for their induction into Russia,” the authors of the survey explained. In the last survey, the figures were similar at 8%, 23%, and 14% respectively. 

The head of research projects at the All-Russian Center for Research on Public Opinion, Mikhail Mamonov, emphasized: “According to the majority of Russians, the DPR and LPR are already no longer parts of Ukraine. This is the main conclusion of the study.”

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Meanwhile, those Russians who support the Kiev authorities account for 4% of respondents. According to them, Russia should help Kiev restore control over the territories of the DPR and LPR. In 2016, only 3% of Russians held such an opinion. 

A neutral position was taken by 36% of respondents. Last summer, this was expressed by 38% of Russians.

Around one fifth of respondents (19%) believe that Russia should not undertake any actions if the Minsk Agreements are not complied with, while 16% say that it is necessary to address these issues through diplomatic channels. The same amount of respondents believe that it is necessary to “put pressure on Kiev”, while 11% stand for “supporting Donbass.”

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The survey was conducted by the All-Russian Center for Research on Public Opinion in February 2017. The sociologists involved interviewed 1,200 Russians over the phone. 

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