About 87 percent of Ukrainians oppose any territorial concessions to Russia, according to a survey released Thursday by a leading Ukrainian polling agencywhich represents an increase over previous surveys, reports Reuters.
The survey conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology showed that the absolute majority of Ukrainians in all regions are opposed to their country ceding territory under any circumstances, even if it meant prolonging the war.
The data show an increase in the number of people who oppose territorial concessions registered in previous surveys by the same institute, from 84% in July and 82% in May.
The latest survey, which polled 2,000 people between September 7 and 13, coincided with a Ukrainian counter-offensive that has retaken parts of Kharkiv Oblast, boosting national morale and raising hopes of further territorial gains before winter sets in.
Despite recent successes, however, Russian forces still hold about 20% of Ukrainian territory.
The study showed that 57% of ethnic Russians in Ukraine and 85% of Russian-speaking ethnic Ukrainians oppose making territorial concessions to Moscow. Only 24 percent of ethnic Russians support giving up land for peace, the survey found.
These figures contradict one of Moscow’s reasons for launching a so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine on February 24. Russian President Vladimir Putin said it was needed to protect Russian-speakers threatened by what he says are dangerous nationalists in Ukraine.
ISW: Public support for the war in Russia is slowly but steadily declining
According to a sociological survey conducted in Russia, 44% of respondents are in favor of peace negotiations between Russia and Ukraine
Russian Independent Sociological Organization “Levada” published at the beginning of September survey results showing that public support for the war is slowly but steadily declining.
In general, the majority of Russians support the military operation in Ukraine.
The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) quoted Levada representatives as noting:
“Overall support for Russian forces in Ukraine has not changed significantly over the summer. It can be seen that 76% of respondents support the actions of Russian forces in Ukraine. Of the respondents 46% say they are strong supporters of what the Russian soldiers are doing, a 30% – admit that “in general” they are “for” the intervention in Ukraine.