Ukrainians still committed to victory, staying in Ukraine — new survey

23 April, 06:50 PM
What changes happened in the lives of Ukrainians during the year of the full-scale invasion (Photo:freepik/freepik)

What changes happened in the lives of Ukrainians during the year of the full-scale invasion (Photo:freepik/freepik)

How has the life of Ukrainians changed in a year of the full-scale invasion? How has this year of war affected their mindset, faith in victory, economic and working condition? Ukrainian communications agency Postmen surveyed the mood of Ukrainians.

Among all respondents, 80% are people who have stayed in Ukraine, with the vast majority of them not having travelled abroad since the start of the full-scale invasion — 84.3%.

Most of them (63.2%) haven't even considered leaving. However, younger Ukrainians consider leaving more often than older people, as they are more mobile and are often not tied down to a specific locale. Of those who have considered leaving, the majority are women, because they have the opportunity to leave the country and they often care about the safety of their children more than themselves.

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Patriotism, as well as family and friends who have remained in the country, are among the main reasons for Ukrainians staying in Ukraine. When asked why they feel it is better to live in Ukraine, respondents most often said: " Because it is my homeland/home/country/land."

20% of respondents are Ukrainians who have moved abroad. Most of them are now in Poland, Germany, the UK, and France.

The vast majority of them do not plan to return to Ukraine until the war ends — 82%. Martial law and the uncertainty of when the war will end are the main contributors to this decision. Therefore, their own safety and the safety of their loved ones strongly influences their decisions to return.

Faith in victory is also one of the main indicators of the survey. The majority of respondents, 65.3%, believe that Ukraine is capable of repelling the full-scale Russian invasion. Victory for the majority will mean returning to the 1991 borders (68%). Ukrainians also believe that a military tribunal over Putin's regime and/or Russia's surrender are necessary factors for victory.

Ukrainian expenses have mostly grown due to the war. 56.8% of respondents said their expenses have increased significantly. It is worrying that the share of those with no or significantly reduced savings is much higher than the share of those with increased savings. Only a small proportion, less than 40%, feel more or less stable and have a financial reserve for six months or more.

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