Some 77 percent of polled Ukrainians believe that the President Zelensky is directly responsible for corruption in the government and military administrations, according to a new poll conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF) and reported by Interfax.

While not believing he is directly involved in corruption schemes, those polled said delays in addressing those who are means the president’s office shoulders the blame for a lack of action.

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"Procrastination in solving problems that undermine people's faith in victory will also hit the president himself,” DIF Executive Director Petro Burkovsky said in a statement.

He added: “The widespread argument that the authorities do not have time does not work after 16 months of war.”

According to the poll, 72.9% of Ukrainians also support the discharge of wounded soldiers from the ranks of the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the payment of all due compensation for treatment and rehabilitation, and 46.3% support the transfer at will to positions in the military enlistment offices instead of current employees. 

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The national survey "Socio-political moods of the population of Ukraine" was conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology in July 2023 by order of the Democratic Initiatives Foundation. 

The survey used the method of personal interviews using a tablet. Donetsk and Lugansk regions were immediately excluded from the sample due to security issues. Kherson region was initially included in the calculations. 

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In a rare acknowledgement of setbacks, Zelensky said 31,000 Ukrainian soldiers were killed in the war and that plans for summer's failed counteroffensive had been leaked to Russia.

However, due to security issues, the task for Kherson region was implemented in neighboring Mykolaiv region. 

In total, within the framework of the study, 2,011 interviews were taken from respondents living in 135 settlements of Ukraine. Under normal circumstances, the statistical error of the sample does not exceed 3.3%.

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jep
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I have read Kyivpost since it lost so many of its' people to the Kyiv Independent and have always believed that the Post is Russian lover because of the twisted arguments it prints. This is why I will not support the Post monetarily.

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Maple leaf
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Look the most corrupt country is Russia. Why fight about this I believe Zelensky is trying because he knows what's at stake Nato and EU membership. This article is counter productive.

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H E Davis
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Either this article is a hack by pro-Putin trolls or sadly, Kyivpost is an unpatriotic shit-stirring rag. Until I hear otherwise, I will read Kyivpost - if at all - with great skepticism.

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I support
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Zelensky is not responsible for the corruption. He is however responsible for fighting it. Which by articles written here he is trying to fight it. So this article confuses me.

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H E Davis
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The only obvious point of this article is to provide propagandistic fuel for Putin and his pro-fascist European and American supporters.

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Pat Frankewicz
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DIF and Interfax, do you have margins of error to support these statistics? Are we talking +/- 2.5% or +/- 50.0%? I don't know the facts firsthand, but statements like, "...77 percent of polled Ukrainians believe that President Zelensky is directly responsible for corruption in the government...", if unsupported, is irresponsible reporting, unless of course you are actually supporting Putin's aggression under the guise of Independent European News. Now, there is no surprise that corruption exists in Ukraine, and it should be combatted. But to dump responsibility solely on Zelensky is rather naive. Except in autocracies and dictatorships, no single Prime Minister nor President has actual absolute control over his/her entire government, no matter how good or bad that PM or President is. Should Zelensky take full responsibility for corruption in Ukraine? No, not until the far more important task is complete of stopping the Russian invasion and terrorization of the Ukrainian people. I'm not dismissing the importance of addressing corruption, but rather suggesting that you consider all other Ukrainian Presidential priorities, and then put them all in an intelligent order. Personally, I would give Zelensky full license to lie, cheat, steal and even assassinate Putin, if he gets the chance. Whatever it takes to kick the Russians out of Ukraine. And I'm betting a large percentage of Ukrainians support this position as well... +/- whatever MOE you think is reasonable.

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Not an American
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How typical of Americans to make it all about them in their posts, when the news article is clearly about Ukraine.
My concern regarding the article, is that the headline is just ripe for Russian propaganda. Was that intentional?

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Doug
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Name a country in the world that doesn't have corruption ? The current and previous POTUS s certainly cannot be held up as honest and ethical leadership examples ? Zelensky has shown true inspiring leadership in the face of a genocidal Russian invasion of Ukraine and risen to the wartime challenge in a Churchilluan leadership manner which shames many western leaders as have the great majority of Ukrainian people who have exhibited true patriotism and stoicism in the face of unbelievable death and destruction not seen in Europe since 1945 .
With the honourable exception of British supplied ' Storm shadow' cruise missiles, given the bravery and tenacity of the Ukrainian military ,the reluctance of Western leaders to supply Ukraine with longer range missiles eg ATACMs and F16s is an embarrassing stain on so called western resolve and support and costing Ukraine unessessary casualties.

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Guest
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Ukraine has always been corrupt under this joke of a president, always been the case - the USA should pull its support as it has no interests in Ukraine but it won't because the Biden Crime Family is in charge and they unfortunately do have interests here.

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The Humble Swami
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People pointing fingers at the US about corruption, maybe the American taxpayers should tell Ukraine to go pound sand. Let Ukraine fight THEIR war and put American taxpayers money to work building up OUR OWN security and reinforce and ENFORCE OUR LAWS, the rest of the world be damned.

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Kelley Kunnanz
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I realize this is an English-speaking site, but this is not about America. The US has its problems, but even the appearance of corruption in Ukraine right now can have a stifling effect on international support.

Is there corruption in the Ukrainian government? Has been since the nation formed. Are reforms being made? Yes. Fast enough? No. There is no such thing as fast enough

Is there a better alternative to Zelenskyy? No. Hope is a good thing, and I hope reforms continue at an ever faster pace.

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I support
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Have to get this undercontrol now because when the rebuilding starts if not it's gonna be a free for all.

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Thomas
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This man your president and his braves soldiers are fighting for u and the world.iam from u.s and our gov is the most corrupt in the world. Sooner or later we the people will have to make a stand.i want to thank the Ukraine people and there president and the warriors that are fighting for us.

An actual American
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@Thomas, Your spelling and grammar are horrendous. Please stay off the internet you make us look bad.

R. B. Smith
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@An actual American, BIDEN’S HANDLER
get off the internet! You are not an ACTUAL American. You’re a clown trying to hide what everyone else clearly understands.

Your worthless crap allowed Russia to invade Ukraine in the first place, and you did it just to steal more Ukrainian money.

Not only are you corrupt, you are flat out dumb. And Biden isn’t even smart enough to spell actual, so we all know you had to type that for him you fool.

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Grasspress
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Corruption will continue under any democratic regime that maintains a healthy law and order format, which means it has to be prosecuted, which means 'after it has occurred'. To expect people to behave when they can lie and cheat is a fool's errand!

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Ron Jesser
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I am a U.S. citizen. Our President will not step in and stop the corruption within Congress and the Senate!

Kim
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@Ron Jesser,

Knee-deep
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@Kim, I didnt vote for that snake,he e
wont stop corruption...he IS the corruption...its time America wakes up...enuff is enuff...people getting let off crimes....no prosecution for stealing under $300....free for all....theres gona be a problem..soon

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R. B. Smith
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@Ron Jesser, Jesús, and even Hunter shows up here. Your “president” and his son are the greatest criminals of all. Both of you are going to jail for a very long time. You and your radicals are all scumbags! You have gotten away with stealing from Ukrainians and Americans for far too long.

It is the end for you!

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David
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Laws should be quickly changed to impose harsh fixed minimum penalties and jail terms for corruption .
It should be the same for spying or collaborating

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