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“Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko mainly evokes negative emotions in Russians: distrust (29%), dislike (19%) and condemnation (17%),” VTsIOM Chief Valery Fyodorov said at a news conference on July 31.

The new president is considered to be a henchman of the West (43%), of oligarchs (37%) and of Ukrainian nationalists (21%), Fyodorov said.

Meanwhile, 79% responded they are certain that mostly local residents and a small share of Russian volunteers fight on behalf of militia in southeastern Ukraine, Fyodorov said.

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