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Vast majority of Ukrainians oppose territorial concessions, poll shows

Eighty-two percent of Ukrainians believe that Ukraine should not sign away any of its territories as part of a peace deal with Russia under any circumstances, according to a new survey by one of the country’s top pollsters.

In the poll, conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology between May 13 and 18, released on Tuesday, 82 percent of respondents said they did not support territorial concessions, even if it prolonged the war and increased the threat to Ukraine’s independence.

#Ukraine under no circumstances should agree with territorial concessions to #Russia, even if this war will last longer – 82% of UA-s support this! Even in heavily shelled East macroregion absolute majority (68%) are against deal on territorial losses.Poll conducted by KIIS

— Maria Zolkina (@Mariia_Zolkina) May 24, 2022
A total of 10 percent of the 2,000 people surveyed found it acceptable for Ukraine to concede territory to achieve peace, while eight percent declared themselves undecided. According to the poll, 77 percent of Ukrainians living in Russian-occupied territory opposed any land concessions.

The Ukrainian government has repeatedly stated that it does not intend to make any territorial concessions to Russia and has said it is not currently seeking a ceasefire despite calls from European leaders, including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

"Some voices appeared demanding that Ukraine makes concessions to Putin. The world must demand Putin leave Ukraine. Today,it is not Ukraine but the Western world taking the test of whether its values mean anything,"Polish President Duda said at🇺🇦

— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) May 22, 2022
In an interview with Reuters on Saturday, Ukrainian negotiator Mykhailo Podolyak said that any ceasefire at present would simply delay further fighting.

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