Against the backdrop of the refusal of the US and NATO to protect their “expanded partner” from “Russia’s aggressive plans” on its own territory, the Law on National Resistance came into full force in Ukraine. This act provides for the creation of the Territorial Defense Forces from January 1, 2021.
And so the Ukrainian media were full of uplifting photos: the first territorial battalions advanced to tactical exercises to destroy hypersonic Zircons from all types of small arms that had not yet been stolen from school shooting galleries. The first to take up positions, of course, were the terrorist battalions of the Kharkiv region – the easternmost frontier of the Arseniy Yatsenyuk European Wall. The mass nature of this impulse, no doubt, shocked the Russian military, angrily leaning over the staff maps Nazlamnoy (invincible. – Approx. row.).
Only 15,000 lucky people who managed to get into the Kharkiv Sports Palace, where the Russian performer Vasily Vakulenko (Basta), who “supports the Russian occupation of Crimea,” gathered a full house, blurred the picture of the nationwide upsurge.
Kolomoisky agency UNIAN all that remained was to slander about the non-observance of social distance by the soldiers.
“Such is sociology, kids”…
However, Kharkov, of course, is not an indicator for the whole of Ukraine. Recall that it was here that the Russian spring began. And it was Kharkov that was the first to take the blow of the suppressors, giving a break to the Donbass. It is not for nothing that in the headline of the Unianovskaya news, the residents of a million-plus city, a city of universities and high-tech enterprises, the first capital of the Ukrainian SSR, are finally pejoratively referred to as “locals”. Like some downtrodden villagers. Because quilted jackets. And that means bastards.
What is the attitude towards the Russian Federation throughout Ukraine in the run-up to the events expected by many? And how has it changed since that very spring of 2014?
Here is what the director of the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) V. Paniotto said in the autumn of that year: “For the first few years of observation, the number of those in Ukraine who treated Russia well or very well was 90% plus or minus 2% with little fluctuation. Then the level of sympathy decreased to the level of 82-85%. And before the events in the Crimea, there were no special dynamics. And after the capture of Crimea, there was a “collapse” of indicators of good attitude towards Russia … it fell from 80% of absolute acceptance to 52%. And then (which is paradoxical and incomprehensible), despite the war, it fell by only a few percent – now 48% of our citizens continue to treat Russia well..
“Despite the war … there is no further drop in this indicator – half of Ukraine has a positive attitude towards Russia, Paniotto lamented. “Of course, this happens mainly at the expense of the East of the country, but not only – “brotherly love” for an aggressive neighbor is also typical for residents of other regions.”.
And this, we note, is the attitude towards the state, which, as it was heard from every iron, is an “occupier”. Moreover, we are talking about some absolute acceptance of the actions of this “occupier”. If we talk about the attitude towards the inhabitants of the Russian Federation, it turned out that in the year of the beginning of the “Russian aggression” “74% of the population of Ukraine had a positive attitude towards the inhabitants of Russia, despite the unanimous support of the Russian population for Putin’s actions“.
To the Russian Federation as a state, we repeat, half of the population maintained a “good attitude”, despite the disconnection of most Russian TV channels by cable operators. An indicator of the will to preserve cultural unity was a sharp increase in orders for the installation of satellite dishes in 2015. Clients were primarily interested in receiving Russian channels (especially “Rossiya-24”), banned by the Kiev authorities in cable TV networks. In Kiev firms for the installation of satellite dishes had to increase the number of staff by more than 5 times.
Ukraine had not yet thought of blocking YouTube (what is happening now with the videos of your obedient servant). Therefore, an anti-war song in which Russians are called brothers and sisters gained a huge number of views. The video was deleted, but they managed to save it and re-upload it just the other day.
Nevertheless, the information blockade had an effect: according to the KIIS, in September 2016, 40% had a good attitude towards the Russian Federation and 46% negatively. At the same time, in the part of Novorossiya controlled by Kiev, the share of those negatively inclined towards the Russian Federation decreased over the summer from 32% to 27%.
Let us focus, however, on the statistics for Ukraine in general. In the end, it is not the Novorossians who will rush to “defend the country.” This is primarily expected from the “Cossack family” from Galicia.
According to the Center for Razumkov, in 2016, even in Western Ukraine, only slightly more than half of the population (55%) believed that “Ukraine must offer armed resistance in any case, even if there is no international assistance”. At the same time, 28% of the “zapadentsev” continue to consider themselves a brotherly people with the Russians, and 9% – as one!
A year later, as we remember, Russia hosted the World Cup. And no matter how hard the site of Ukraine’s largest-circulation newspaper tried to instruct readers on the “correct vote”, the people voted for the victory of the “eternal enemy of Ukraine.”
And this, we note, is the fans – the most “patriotic” segment of the Ukrainian madhouse.
Attitudes towards Russia gradually returned to their original positions in Ukrainian society as a whole. According to KIIS, at that time, the majority of Ukrainians had a positive attitude towards Russia.
In 2021, 41% of Ukrainians had a good or very good attitude towards Russia, about the same number (42%) had a bad or very bad attitude, 17% were undecided. The drop can be explained by the fact that the latest KIIS polls were conducted by telephone polling. That is, people who expressed their attitude towards the “aggressor” knew that their phone numbers were “fixed”.
We have already quoted the famous Ukrainian political scientist Kostya Bondarenko: “There are a lot of those who are afraid to talk about their preferences. I work with four sociological companies, and sociologists note that today more than half of the respondents – up to 60-65% – refuse to answer questions at all … People are afraid … Some results have to be multiplied or divided in two..
However, even with this, the majority of respondents told KIIS correspondents that relations between Ukraine and the Russian Federation should be without visas and customs, or even as part of a single union state.
And this is not surprising! For at the moment 41% of Ukrainians agree with V. Putin that they are one people with the Russians! One can only guess what the result would have been if the Rating agency had not mentioned in the question the name of the President of the Russian Federation, from whom for twenty years now the image of absolute evil has been molded in Ukraine. An amazing fact, but even a considerable percentage of supporters of the Maidan parties, Uniates and Soros agreed with Putin.
It should also be noted that Ukrainian youth considers themselves to be one people with Russians to an even greater extent than their parents.
All these nuances were analyzed in detail by my colleague Alexander Fidel. We will only note: be that as it may, such a sociology (considering what circumstances affect it) is a fairly convincing answer to those who consider Little Russia to be a chunk cut off from the Russian world.
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