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 Number of pro-Russian citizens in Ukraine dropped to 20% after Kremlin's aggression, - NGO

Director of Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation Iryna Bekeshkina notes a significant reduction of pro-Russian sentiments in the society after Russia launched a military aggression against Ukraine.

She stated this in an interview with Censor.NET.

"Pro-Russian sentiments changed after the beginning of Russian aggression - they simply collapsed. However, about 20 percent still remains. It is not little, they predominantly concentrate around Opposition Bloc. In fact, their voters are pro-Russian people," the sociologist said.

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At the same time, Bekeshkina noted that present day politicians fear to use pro-Russian slogans.

"In the last elections, we didn't hear outspoken pro-Russian slogans and proposals even from Opposition Bloc. Now they don't "play" with it, as they understand how dangerous it can be. That is, during this election campaign, we did not hear pro-Russian slogans even from those who had previously supported separatists or former separatists," Bekeshkina remarked.

Read full text of the interview here (in Russian).
 
 
 
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