Rancid wrote:Anyone in DNR/LNR that wants to be under Russia is ether fucking stupid, a fucking moron, or a fucking idiot.
That's the survey result in the government-controlled (non-occupied) areas of Donbas.
In the DNR/LNR itself, the 2019 survey shows 53% in favour of DNR/LNR remaining a part of Ukraine.
Interestingly, in 2020, the same survey conducted by a company in Moscow showed exactly the opposite result in the DNR/LNR, namely 50%+ in favour of joining Russia and only ~13% in favour of remaing a part of Ukraine. In the areas of Donbas controlled by the Ukrainian government, the results were basically the same with <5% wanting to join Russia (Kiev calling in 2019 and Moscow calling in 2020).
Basically, DNR/LNR residents responded differently depending on where the call came from. Given they live in Russia-controlled territory, that strongly indicates they were afraid to respond truthfully when Moscow was calling.