3 Jul 2019 18:26

Over half of Ukrainians favor deployment of peacekeepers in Donbas - poll

KYIV. July 3 (Interfax) - More than half of Ukrainian citizens - 55.5% - support the deployment of international peacekeeping forces in the Donbas territory not currently controlled by Kyiv, the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Razumkov Center said based on the findings of a poll of 2,017 respondents aged 18 and older they conducted on June 13 to 20.

Another 24.8% of those polled opposed the deployment of peacekeepers and 19.6% are undecided.

The idea of peacekeepers for Donbas looks reasonable to 72.3% of voters of the Holos party, 70.9% European Solidarity, 59.4% Batkivshchyna, 54.3% Servant of the People, and 32% Opposition Platform - For Life.

At the same time, 50.3% of Opposition Platform - For Life voters, 25.5% of Batkivshchyna, 24.9% Servant of the People, 17.6% European Solidarity, and 11.9% Holos do not support this idea.

When asked about their attitude toward the idea of direct negotiations with the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People's Republic (LPR), 41% of those polled said they supported this and 41% opposed it.

As many as 74.6% of the voters of Opposition Platform - For Life, 46.1% Batkivshchyna, 44.1% Servant of the People, 28.4% of European Solidarity, and 23.8% Holos support the idea of direct negotiations with the DPR and LPR.

On the other hand, this idea is opposed by 58.1% of voters of European Solidarity, 48.5% Holos, 39.3% Servant of the People, 37.6% Batkivshchyna, and 16% Opposition Platform - For Life.

From 9% to 28% of supporters of various political parties interviewed by sociologists were undecided. In Ukraine in general, 18% of the respondents declined to answer the question.