Just over a decade ago, some 93% of Ukrainians viewed Russia positively. Even a few years ago, that number was still well over half. Now? 2%.

  1. Considering Southern and Eastern Ukraine used to always vote strongly for the Party of Regions (Viktor Yanukovych) throughout the late 2000s and early 2010s, this is also big news.

  2. This is why they will never be able to keep those territories. Such hate can't be controlled. Certainly not when supported with Western weapons and sanctions.

  3. Oh, it can, just deport anyone who isn't pro russian to siberia and then spread them thinly over thousands of small villages, and move russians to backfill the gaps. Worked for soviet union. And they're already doing it now - all the "humanitarian corridors" organized by russia only lead to russia, and those proposed by Ukraine are getting disrupted by russians instantly sometimes killing civilians in the process.

  4. In those stats, you can see a clear correlation between Zelensky's election and increased positive sentiment to russia.

  5. The fact that 93% of Ukrainians viewed Russia positively just a decade ago is chilling. I’m so glad Ukrainians finally wised up, but it took a full-scale invasion and another genocide for that to happen.

  6. There was little reason not to. The russia was seen to be on the right track by many, putin had "voluntarily stepped down" after his two terms and the War with Georgia could be seen as an abberation: it happened so fast that many details of russian crimes didn't come out until years later.

  7. Discussed this with my wife (She's Ukrainian). She does believe that although this war is atrocious and heartbreaking, it needed to happen in order for Ukrainians to open their eyes and see russia for what it really is. Ukraine can move forward only when Ukrainians en masse agree to reject russia and russians.

  8. In short, yes. Growing up in Ukraine in the 90s, in a Russian-speaking family in Kyiv, Russia was definitely viewed as a very friendly country - lots of cultural similarities, lots of family ties, etc. At that time, everyone was trying to figure out how to live in a newly sovereign country - Ukraine went through 3 different currencies in the 90s as well, it was a tough time and having close partnerships with Russia, that was also claiming to be moving towards democracy was a security blanket. Things really didn’t start getting suspicious until 2005 or so and really took a downturn in 2013. I think most Ukrainians were taken by surprise by how hostile Russia really was, when internally people were viewing Russia more like a partner and a protector. I have had unfavorable views towards Russia since around 2010, had to relearn a lot of the history and honestly it was quite shocking at first. But the current context really makes a lot of sense when looking at how Russia has always been…

  9. The thing is that from perspective of 2012, the key fact re: this history was that Ukraine's departure from USSR was smooth and bloodless, and relations with Russia were by and large peaceful. And to extent they weren't (Putin's involvement in 2004 stolen election) it was very easy to ascribe this to the Kremlin, not to the Russian people (after all, Putin treated his opponents exactly like he treated Yuschenko..)

  10. I'm from Ukraine, I thought very positively about Russia when I was a kid. I spent a lot of time with my family in Russia, I often watched Putin's New Year congratulations TV program instead of our own president's (especially when our presidents were always considered inept and corrupted). It was viewed positively by a lot of people and most people I knew spoke Russian usually. Holodomor was a long time ago, and wasn't even done by the same country and not the same rulers. I don't hate current Germany for the WW2. I never even heard about the invasion of Georgia up until recently, but I was young then. In 2014 my views shifted, but I still considered the government at fault for Crimea and Donbas, thinking of usual Russian people in general fondly. In 2022 my views shifted even more and I noticed 90% of my friends stopped speaking Russian. This year I'm even starting to think badly about common Russian people as well, seeing how their propaganda rotted them through and how they hate Ukraine now. OP's graph perfectly describes my own opinions and what I saw around me.

  11. The general rule is that when you are down to something having 2% support, it's mostly people pushing the wrong button or trolling the pollster.

  12. 2% is within a margin of error for most polls. Also, getting 98% of people to agree on anything is monumental. I think I'd be rage-tertained to hear from those 2% though.

  13. Wow, Pootin. That’s an impressive change. Only I thought you wanted to ensure that Ukraine was on your side against the West?

  14. It's not just Ukraine. I have lost most of respect for Russia in 2014, but whatever was left is now gone completely. That terrorist organization that pretends to be a country should nothing but disappear from the face of Earth.

  15. I mean, I'm not a political scientist or a sociologist but it seems that invading, indiscriminate shelling, raping and looting would do that to a country 's reputation..

  16. Worldwide; people were more sympathetic to Russia people; most thought Russia had turned a leaf until 24 of February...and we, the world witnesses have seen in real time the atrocities committed by Russian soldiers. The darkness & evil that lurks within the individual Russian person has shocked everyone back into a collected distrust towards them.

  17. Anyone who thinks NATO entertaining Yushchenko's attempts to drag Ukraine into NATO in 2008 would have ended well needs to remember these numbers. Or, if they're Ukrainian, remember how people used to think about Russia and NATO back then.

  18. So tragic. Two nations tightly historically connected. People all over the world perceived Russians and Ukrainians as the same kind of people. Now there is not only a tragic horrible bloody war full of atrocities, but also a hate divide than won't be gone for many decades to come, maybe even centuries.

  19. I just want to meet the guy who thought it would be a good idea to walk around ukraine, knocking on doors to ask Ukrainians what they think of Russia in 2022.

  20. This is really telling--it did NOT have to go this way. Russia would have been far better off working with Ukraine in the past decade. Putin has burned any trust and ensured Ukraine will be alienated from Russia for generations to come. For what? A bizarre dream of a new evil empire.

  21. You can see how opinions can change. Perhaps we should be lenient with the Europeans who are talking about compromises with Putin. Perhaps they need a little more time to see things the way the majority of Ukrainians do. For those not directly affected, it simply takes a little longer for the logic to sink in. But it will come.

  22. Makes you wonder where Russia would be on the world stage if they didn't resort to violence or or force over everything for the past 100 years. Gotta think ex soviet countries would happily align with Russia if that weren't the case.

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