Ukraine: Armed Conflict

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered at on 28 February 2017.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the effect of the conflict in eastern Ukraine on public opinion in that country.

Photo of Boris Johnson Boris Johnson Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We have not received reports of any data on the effect of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine on public opinion. However, the National Democratic Institute has conducted recent polling in government-controlled parts of Ukraine on a range of related issues. What has been clear from their polling is that there is strong support for Ukraine's territorial integrity and independence, and for continued sanctions against Russia because of its role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. 80 per cent of respondents would not exchange Ukraine's right to determine its own future for peace in Eastern Ukraine. Restrictions imposed by Russian-backed separatists mean that access to reliable information in non-Government controlled areas of Eastern Ukraine is extremely poor, and there is little genuinely open public discussion on the effect of the conflict.

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