A recent survey conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) highlights evolving sentiments among Ukrainians regarding territorial concessions.

The study, carried out between November 29 and December 9, 2023, reveals nuanced perspectives among respondents from different regions of the country.

As of December 2023, the survey indicates that 19% of Ukrainians surveyed are open to territorial concessions. Notably, this marks a gradual increase from 10% in May, 14% in October, to the current figure.

Conversely, the percentage of those opposing territorial concessions has decreased from 84% in May to 80% in October and further to 74% in December. Despite this shift, a clear majority of Ukrainians still maintain the stance that Ukraine should not relinquish any of its territories.

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The report highlights regional variations in these attitudes. From May to October, the South and the East showed a rise in the willingness to make concessions.

However, the period between October and December witnessed a shift in the West and the Center, with the percentage of respondents favoring territorial concessions increasing from 9% to 20% in the West and from 10% to 15% in the Center.

However, across all regions, a significant majority, ranging from 68% and 69% in the South and East to 76% and 79% in the West and Center, remains opposed to territorial concessions to Russia.

Even among residents in the war-affected South and East, where 67% oppose concessions, there is a notable 22% and 25% willingness to make concessions, respectively.

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The report also highlights the correlation between views on territorial concessions and broader perspectives on Russia and Western support.

Respondents supporting concessions tend to be more pessimistic, with 22% believing Russia is too strong, while 71% express confidence that with proper Western support, Ukraine can succeed.

Regarding responses to decreased Western support, those supporting concessions lean towards cessation of hostilities (69%), while those opposing concessions, even with limited aid, largely favor the continuation of hostilities (70%).

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The survey employed computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI) using a random sample of mobile phone numbers, totaling 1,031 respondents across all Ukrainian regions (excluding Crimea). 

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John
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I wanted to add that a recent Poll run by Village Media in Canada (readership >5 million, outlets in 145 Canadian cities including Toronto) just revealed not only that >80% supported continued support for Ukraine and no concession to Russia, but also that ~64% felt it was appropriate for NATO and thus Canadians to have a military presence inside Ukraine rather then let it lose to putin's regime. The story ran across all its community media outlets yesterday. I forwarded a copy to all the Canadian Federal leadership parties last night which are pretty reliable in supporting what the broader electorate wants.

So that's where a 'further removed from the frontline', EU ally stands after almost two years of already substantial Ukraine support. I know citizens in EU member countries are even more aware of the sacrifice merited to thwart russian oppression.

Putin cannot win. Russians are still allowing him to dig a very deep hole, which they must latter climb out of if they want to resurface in the broader civilized world. Best they take away putin's shovel sooner then later.

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Dan
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As long as you are delusional about Vse to bude Ukraine", your people will be dying and you will be losing even more Territory. ` Was it really worth it do trade all these young lives and territories for Nato membership and opening talk to accession to ~EU? No, not one life was with that! You should have given some form of autonomy to these regions that are now Russia., forget about Nato and everything would have been fine. Now things are getting worse by each passing day, your people are dying. Stop talking about `Russian lives lost, that's irrelevant to you. That are like that, they can take it. They are almost enjoying it.
Every day young Ukrainian man are dying for idiotic Political misccalculation.

John
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@Dan, ...says "Dan" the russian paid troll. You care nothing for Ukrainian lives, you've donated nothing to help them in their the fight for freedom. Your thug boss putin started this murderous war and you as his pawn remain complicit in trying to propagate it. This war ends when Russia ceases it illegal invasion of Ukraine. Sadly since your thug boss won't, and the russian nihilistic brainwashed majority won't yet dethrone him, the only current path you've left Ukraine and its allied supporters is to obliterate your country's military in Ukraine.

The fact is no one who has had, or hoped for personal self determination, wants to be under putins' yolk of oppression and thugery. Certainly not the Ukrainians who are now experiencing the 2nd round of attempted genocide by russia. Also not the Belarusians, nor Georgians, nor the Crimean Tartars, nor the Moldovans, not the Azerbaijans, not the Armenians, not the Chechens, not the Baltic states, nor Nordic states, not any EU nations (many now happily escaped from under former USSR) ......I suspect also not the millions of Russians that left your country after it invaded Ukraine, nor the millions more that remain putin's political prisoners in russia.......not the millions in Russia still too afraid to speak up; certainly not the more honourable Russian armed resistance which grows each day

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Dog
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@Dan, if you’re not under Russian control, not striving to live in Russia and proudly display Russian citizenship, then you’re simply a hypocrite and have nothing to offer but inhumanity.
You’re simply mulish. No, that’s not correct. Not a stubborn mule, just an Ass.

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