‘Gap’ between how Ukrainians and Europeans see war with Russia


Insights from The European Council on Foreign Relations, The Kyiv Independent and Frankfurter Allgemeine

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New research shows a divide between the way Ukraine and its allies in Europe view the war with Russia and its likely outcome.

The European Council on Foreign RelationsA European think tank found that Ukrainians and other Europeans generally support helping Ukraine in its fight against Russia, but they disagree about what that support is likely to achieve. Ukrainians believe the aid could help the country win the war; while other Europeans are skeptical about that outcome.

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Support for Ukraine unchanged – but Europeans predict very different outcomes

Source: The European Council on Foreign Relations

A survey of nearly 20,000 people in 15 European countries found that support for Ukraine has remained largely unchanged since the start of the war. In the countries surveyed, Europeans support Kiev, while in Ukraine it is “morally strong.” But they disagree on what sending weapons to Ukraine entails what it can potentially achieve: “Ukrainians want more weapons and ammunition to help them win the war, most Europeans want… to put Kiev in a better negotiating position to end the war,” the think tank found. Another point of disagreement: Ukraine sees potential membership of NATO and the European Union as “recognition of their courage,” while other Europeans see potential membership as part of a future settlement.

Ukraine knows the West has a ‘bleak’ outlook, but some have questioned the validity of the intelligence service

Sources: The Kyiv Independent, Frankfurter Allgemeine

A report circulating among German politicians in May suggested that Ukraine could lose significant ground to Russia this year.dejected” Western prospects for how Kiev’s defense against Russia would play out, The Kyiv Independent reported. But some politicians who reviewed the report have questioned its validity and have argued that the intelligence was presented as deliberately pessimistic. One parliamentarian, the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine reported, believed the reports were “being deliberately ‘spread’ to ‘suggest’… that the situation is hopeless and that military support is no longer of any use.”

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