Denis Pushilin: We feel we are one with Russia, despite existing borders

Chairman of the People’s Council, DPR Permanent Representative to the talks of the Contact Group in Minsk Denis Pushilin commented on the results of the poll conducted by the Levada Center. The questions asked by the Russians concerned their attitude to Ukraine, the DPR and the LPR.

According to the Levada Center, a total of 41% of Russians believe that Russia should support the DPR and LPR in the Ukrainian conflict. At the same time, 6% of respondents believe that Russia should support the Ukraine and the Kiev government in the conflict. Another 37% believe that Moscow should not support anyone.

“I will not argue with the figures given, we all understand what they depend on, but no quantitative indicators can measure the commonality of values, spirit and history, allowing us to feel ourselves with Russia as a whole, despite the existing boundaries,” Denis Pushilin states in his comment to RBK.

The publication also cites VCIOM (the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center) research data, according to which the share of those who advocate the preservation of the DPR and the LPR within the Ukraine, upon the condition of the expansion of both Republics autonomy, remains at a historical minimum of 8%. At the same time, the majority of Russians believe that it is necessary to continue to send humanitarian convoys to the Donbass (82%, the largest result in the history of the poll) and don’t stop supporting the Donbass militiamen for the sake of improving relations with Ukraine and the West (59%).

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