The vast majority of Ukrainians – 79% – believe that between Ukraine and Russia there should be closed borders with visas and customs, the results show surveyheld by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology on July 6-20 among two thousand respondents in all regions of Ukraine, except for the occupied Crimea and the partially occupied Donbass.
Compared to the period before the full-scale invasion (as of February 2022), the share of those who believe that the borders with visas and customs should be closed between Ukraine and Russia has increased from 44% to 79%. From 48% to 11%, there are fewer of those who advocate “friendly” relations between countries. Also, from 5% to 1%, the share of those who advocate unification into one state has decreased.
In all regions, the majority (from 86% in the west to 70% in the east) believe that the borders with visas and customs should be closed between Ukraine and Russia. In all regions, compared to February, the proportion of those who speak in favor of closed borders has increased significantly. In particular, if in the South and East back in February the majority were in favor of “friendly” relations, now the vast majority believe that there should be visas and customs between Ukraine and Russia.
Regardless of the language of communication and ethnicity, the majority of Ukrainians are in favor of closing the borders with visas and customs between Ukraine and Russia. Even among Russian-speaking Russians, 52% are in favor of closed borders, and 35% are in favor of friendly relations (and only 3% say that Ukraine and Russia should unite into one state).
“After February 2022, the aggressiveness of the Russian leadership and “ordinary” Russians, along with the atrocities of the Russian army, buried the idea of “friendly” and “comfortable” relations. Not only at the level of Ukraine as a whole, the absolute majority consider it necessary to have visas and customs with Russians, but in all regions this opinion absolutely prevails. Ukrainians, regardless of region or language, seek to isolate themselves from Russia,” comments Anton Grushetsky, Deputy Director of KIIS.
According to a previously published KIIS study, the number of Ukrainians who declare the inadmissibility territorial concessions to achieve peace with the Russian Federationincreased to 84%. Only 10% allow the abandonment of certain territories. The rest found it difficult to answer.