Heading West: 46% of Ukrainians approve joining EU - opinion poll

19:35 Nov. 7, 2016

46% of Ukrainians approve joining EU - opinion poll

Ukrainian students hold EU flags as they stand in a live chain in downtown Kyiv, Ukraine

Ukrainians are still mostly pro-European, although neutral sentiments are also strong  

Approximately 46% of Ukrainians support joining the EU, while 30% of them claim against both EU and the Russian-led customs union and adore their a non-aligning policy for the country, a new opinion poll by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology shows. 

In particular, only 13% of responders said they supported joining The Customs Union of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia. 

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Western and central regions turned to be more supportive on the EU, with 72% and 46% of European way backers correspondingly. Over 40% of the population of the southern and eastern regions show bigger enthusiasm upon staying out of both EU and the Customs Union. 

28% of southerners and 23% of eastern Ukrainians are strictly pro-European, while 28% and 22% correspondingly support pro-Russian policies, the survey reveals. 

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