More than 75% of Ukrainians back the decision to completely sever relations with Russia and ban the entry of Russians after the victory of Ukraine and the deoccupation of all territories, according to a survey published by Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation on Aug. 22.
According to the poll, 86% of the respondents believe the Russian leadership is primarily responsible for the war in Ukraine.
At the same time, 42.5% of Ukrainians claim the same responsibility rests on Russian citizens.
Meanwhile, about 20% of those polled blame the Ukrainian leadership for the invasion, while 18% and 16% point to NATO member states and the leadership of the Unites States, respectively.
The survey was conducted on Aug. 5-12 among 2,024 Ukrainians aged 18.
The study was conducted through personal interviews in all regions of Ukraine, except for those captured by the Russian invaders or where hostilities are underway.
The margin of error does not exceed 2.3%.
The idea of a complete ban on entry to Western countries for all Russians is gaining more and more supporters: in addition to Ukraine, such calls are voiced by Russia’s European neighbors. Many of them have already closed their borders to Russian citizens, but demand a collective decision from the EU.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in an interview with U.S. newspaper the Washington Post said that a visa ban for Russian citizens could be one of the most effective measures against Russia.
At the same time, a petition published on the president’s official website on May 23 with a proposal to consider banning Russian citizens from entering Ukraine for 50 years has gained the required 25,000 signatures.
It now has to be considered by Zelenskyy.