93% of Ukrainians think Russia will be defeated: poll


The vast majority of Ukrainians believe their army will be able to repel the Russian invasion, according to a new poll.

The survey, published by the Rating Group on Sunday, found that 93% of 1,000 Ukrainians contacted “believe Ukraine will be able to repel Russia’s attack”.

“Confidence in winning is prevalent in all parts of the country,” wrote the Rating Group, which describes itself as a non-governmental and independent sociological research organization, in an analysis of the poll.

Forty-seven percent of respondents said they hope Ukraine will win the war in the coming weeks, while 23 percent believe the conflict will continue for several months. However, 12% said they thought the war would end in “six months or more”.

The survey also found that 74% of Ukrainians support Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky engaging in direct talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war, while around 25% do not support the move.

On Saturday, Zelensky appealed to Putin to join the talks.

“It’s time to talk,” he said, according to CBS News. “It is time to restore territorial integrity and justice for Ukraine. Otherwise, Russia’s losses will be such that it will take you several generations to recover.”

A poll released by the Rating Group days after Russia invaded Ukraine in late February found that Zelensky’s approval rating had skyrocketed as he handled the conflict. The poll found 90% of residents supported him, a jump of about 40 points from another poll released earlier in February.

The survey released on Sunday also asked respondents if they thought Ukraine should join NATO, even though Zelensky said last week that his country would not join the organization.

Most Ukrainians believe their country will be able to drive the Russians out, according to a new survey. Above, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the Bundestag in Germany via live video on March 17.
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“We realized that Ukraine will not become a NATO member. We understand that, we are adequate people,” he said, according to Belarusian news outlet Nexta. “kyiv needs new formats for interaction with the West and separate security guarantees.”

According to Rating Group, its poll found that 44% of respondents “believe Ukraine should join NATO, while 42% believe Ukraine should continue to cooperate with NATO, but should not become one. member”.

“More people support NATO cooperation outside the Alliance than before the war, a figure which has risen at the expense of those who previously said there was no need to cooperate with the Alliance at all. NATO (currently it is only 7%),” the organization wrote. .

The poll was conducted on March 18 and used “computer-assisted telephone interviews” to survey 1,000 Ukrainians over the age of 18. The poll’s margin of error is 3.1%.


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