The percentage of Ukrainians who consider Russian aggression in the Donbas an "internal civil conflict" is steadily declining. This is evidenced by the results of a study conducted by the Razumkov Centre jointly with the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation.
Thus, the point of view that an internal conflict is taking place in the Donbas, where one of the parties is supported by Russia, is supported by only 15% of the respondents. 13% of the respondents gave their votes for "the war between Russia and the West on the territory of Ukraine".
Russian aggression as a "purely internal civil conflict in Ukraine" was supported by only 7% of Ukrainians.
At the same time, the thesis of an internal conflict in Ukraine with the support of Russia is more supported in the south and east of the country. In particular, this is the opinion of 27% of the residents of the South and 25% of the residents of the East.
But support for the definition that a purely "internal civil conflict" is taking place in the Donbas has decreased in these regions since 2019: from 22% to 11% in the South and from 21% to 15% in the East.
The research was conducted by the sociological service of the Razumkov Centre in cooperation with the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation from May 14 to 19, 2021 in all regions of Ukraine, with the exception of Crimea and the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk oblast. 2020 respondents aged 18 and over were surveyed. The theoretical sampling error does not exceed 2.3%.