Over half of Ukrainians say no to concessions to Putin in restoring peace in Donbas – poll
A total of 53.3% of respondents say they think the Ukrainian government should make no concessions to Russian President Vladimir Putin in restoring peace in Donbas.
Such findings are highlighted in a September survey conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology at the request of NGO Detector Media. They were made public at a press conference in Kyiv, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
At the same time, 13.8% of those polled believe that the Ukrainian government should make such concessions, while 32.9% either refused to answer or chose the "hard to say" option. Answering a question whom the establishment of peace in Donbas depends on most of all, 46% of the respondents said it is Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, 43% think it is President of Russia Vladimir Putin, while 30.4% pointed to the Ukrainian government and 16.5% to the Russian authorities.
In addition, 10.4% believe that peace in Donbas depends on the authorities of the so-called "Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics" ("DPR" and "LPR"), 10.3% on certain politicians who have their interests in the war, 7.6% on the West, 5.2% on the Ukrainian nation's unity, 4.6% on the Ukrainian army and its combat capability, and 3.9% pointed to Ukraine's civil society.
At the same time, 56.6% of the respondents believe Russia is not interested in establishing peace in Donbas, 13.1% believe it is interested and 30.3% either refused to answer or could not answer.
In addition, 56% of those polled said they were not ready to make sacrifices for the sake of establishing peace and to give up territories or part of the independence of Ukraine. And only 17.6% are ready to make such sacrifices, while 26.5% did not answer.
Answering a question which media sources are trusted in covering on the situation in Donbas, only 13.7% said they trust state-run Ukrainian-based media, while 10.4% trust privately owned media in Ukraine. At the same time, 26.8% of the respondents consider volunteers to be a reliable source of information on the situation in Donbas, 22.7% trust speakers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, and 19.3% rely on residents of the front-line zone.
At the same time, only 8.1% of respondents consider statements, reports of the OSCE or UN representatives to be a reliable source. In addition, 1.3% think the Russian mass media can be trusted, while 1.1% trust representatives of the "DPR" and "LPR" authorities.
The survey was conducted across Ukraine excluding Crimea and the occupied areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. A total of 2,026 respondents were interviewed. The margin of error does not exceed 3.3%.