On March 19, Kateryna Zarembo moderated a presentation of the study “Perception of NATO in Donbas and Southern Ukraine” organized by the Center for International Security
On March 19, the Centre for International Security organized the presentation of the sociological research “Perception of NATO in Donbas and South of Ukraine” conducted by the Centre for Applied Research. The presentation was moderated by Kateryna Zarembo.
The most interesting findings of the study:
- an absolute minority of the population in these regions (9.6%) share the logic of the Cold War, according to which NATO is allegedly created for the USSR and Russia. In other words, those who oppose Ukraine’s accession to the Alliance think so not because NATO, in their opinion, is against Russia or they are pro-Russian, but because of a number of prejudices – the need to deploy military bases and send Ukrainian troops, the high cost of accession, etc.;
- the vast majority of the population of Donbas and the South (40%) oppose Ukraine’s accession to NATO. The rest was divided into those who are for accession (26.3%), for cooperation without admission (22.6%), and those who were undecided (11.2%). Those who support cooperation and do not support accession are a category of opportunities, i.e. they could change their opinion about accession if they received more information;
- the younger the respondents, the more likely they are to support Ukraine’s Euro-Atlantic integration: while 41% of the region’s residents aged 18-29 are in favor of Ukraine’s accession to NATO, only 18.6% of respondents aged over 60 support the accession. It is hoped that, in a generation, we will see a qualitative change in attitudes towards NATO in the region.
The presentation of the study was joined by:
- Vineta Kleine, Director of the NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Ukraine;
- Rouslan Kats, Counsellor, Head of Political and Public Affairs Program of the Embassy of Canada in Ukraine;
- Valeriy Kravchenko, Director of the Centre for International Security;
- Andriy Karakuts, Head of the Centre for Applied Research.
Watch the full video recording of the presentation here.
The text of the analytical report is available here.
Photo: Centre for International Security