Ukrainians split between EU and Russia

By bne IntelliNews April 12, 2013

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Reflecting the deep divide between the east and west of the country, a new poll reveals that the Ukrainian population is split evenly in its opinion of which way the country should head.

Half of Ukrainians would support the country's accession to the European Union, according to a survey conducted by the Rating Group. However, nearly as many say they'd like to see Ukraine join a sort of rump USSR in a single state with Russia and Belarus, Interfax reports.

According to the survey, 50% of citizens are in favor of Ukraine's accession to the EU, 37% are against it, and 13% undecided. Asked about the creation of a single state of Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, 42% of respondents supported this idea, 47% rejected it, and 11% failed to answer.

However, not every Ukrainian sees the ideas as mutually exclusive. "Interestingly, one in four Ukrainians who supports the creation of a single state with Russia simultaneously supports Ukraine's accession to the EU," says the study.

In addition, the survey showed that 41% of respondents believe that the signing of the Association Agreement and the creation of a free trade area with the EU are more advantageous than joining the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. Another 38% are in favor of Ukraine's accession to the Customs Union, and 20% undecided.

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