In Digest, Ukraine

Note by New Cold War editors: We are endeavoring to locate online the published survey by ‘Rating’ agency that is reported below in this Sputnik news report. We will report this when and if we succeed. June 1, 2015

Sputnik News, May 27, 2015

According to the results of the study conducted by Ukrainian sociological group, Ukrainians distrust the politicians leading their country and feel that the state is not developing properly.

Ukraine street sceneUkrainians barely have faith in their system, do not want the government to appoint local leaders and believe that the country is moving in the wrong direction, reports Ukrainian media site V’ with reference to the results of a study conducted by several international companies and Ukrainian sociological group ‘Rating’. (The survey of attitudes of Ukrainians reported in this article is reported and summarized in the Ukrainian news outlet here on May 27, 2015.)

The survey was conducted in March, it was commissioned by the Canadian government only in regional centers and city of Donbass was not included in the sample.

Petro Poroshenko inaugurated as President of Ukraine, June 7, 2014, following snap presidential elections held May 25, where Porosheko was able to secure victory in the first round of voting. © Sputnik/ Nikolay Lazarenko One Year On: How Many Election Promises Has Poroshenko Kept? Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gained trust only in three cities — Lviv (57%), Khmelnytsky (53%) and Chernihiv (48%).

In all other regional centers the distrust is higher than the trust percentage. The highest level of distrust towards Poroshenko was seen in the cities of the southeast.

In the cities of Odessa, Nikolaev, Zhitomir and Kharkov, confidence rating for Poroshenko did not rise above 29%.

In Kiev, the president is trusted by only 47% of its citizens and not trusted by 50%, reports the publication.

The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has a negative image in the entire country. The lowest level of confidence towards prime minister was recorded in Lviv (49%); even less trust for Yatsenyuk was seen in Chernigov and Khmelnitsky.

Similarly, there is absolutely no trust towards him in Kharkiv (79%), Mykolaiv (77%) and Odessa (75%).

In Kiev 61% of the population feels distrust towards Yatsenyuk and only 37% agreed that it is possible to have faith in him.

In most of the regional centers Ukrainians believe that the country is headed in the wrong direction. Even in Lviv, 51% of the population believes that Ukraine is not developing properly.

In Kiev, a similar opinion is shared by 47% of the population. The most pessimistic of the citizens are residing in Lutsk (75%), Kharkiv (72%) and Mykolaiv (73%).

Moreover, according to the publication, the language of common use in cities across Ukraine is different from what was previously said in official statements.

In all of the cities in the west part of the country, Ukrainian is the most commonly used, but already in the central part of the country the predominant use of Russian is — 32% in Kiev, 41% in Chernigov, 26% in Kirovograd and 27% in Sumy.

In the east of Ukraine Russian language is the most commonly spoken language. Apart from Donetsk and Lugansk, where majority of population speak Russian, 84% of the residents in Kharkiv also speak Russian, reports the publication.

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Mother tongue issues divide Ukraine – poll,
TASS, May 27, 2015

KIEV–Language issues split Ukraine into east and west and a central region where sentiment in both “poles” is reflected, says a survey undertaken for international clients by Ukrainian company Rating.

Questions asked of 17,000 residents in regional centres excluding war-torn Donbas region’s Donetsk and Luhansk found that in west Ukrainian cities, up to 97% of respondents named Ukrainian as their mother tongue, used in everyday life. In Ternopil, western Ukraine’s fourth-largest city, none of those polled chose Russian as their mother tongue.

But a different picture emerged in east Ukraine, notes Vesti online. Between just 3% and 11% of residents of cities Zaporizhia, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk and Kherson used Ukrainian in daily discourse, returns suggested.

Between 58% and 84% of locals named Russian as their mother tongue while an 11% to 30% range considered themselves bilingual.

In central regions, most people – from 40% to 51% according to location – use two languages, pollsters found, rating 32% in Kiev and 51% in Sumy as speaking Russian.

Between 17% and 25% of locals responding in central region locations Kiev, Sumy, Kirovograd and Chernihiv were said to use the Ukrainian language.

Russian language status was one of the issues that split the country a year ago and triggered the conflict in Donbass that grew into large-scale civil war.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has repeatedly stated that only Ukrainian will have the status of the nation’s official language.

(The survey of attitudes of Ukrainians reported in this article is reported and summarized in the Ukrainian news outlet here on May 27, 2015.)


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