Survey: One in three Latvian residents think Ukraine should compromise

Two years after Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, one in three or 34.3% of Latvian residents surveyed by the pollster SKDS and Latvian Television's "What is happening in Latvia/KNL" program, think that it would be better if war stopped even  if Ukraine has to agree to compromises on its behalf. 

As part of the survey, the results of which were published on February 22, respondents had to answer the question whether, given the course of war in Ukraine since Russia's invasion in 2022 and the outspoken versions of its outcome - rebuilding Ukrainian territory within the 2014 boundaries (hence before the occupation of Crimea) or any compromise, 49.4 percent of those surveyed responded that they believed liberating all Ukrainian territory from the Russian army was the preferred outcome.

Meanwhilee 34.3 percent of respondents expressed support for a compromise, even if it meant “freezing” the conflict and “redistributing” Ukraine's territory. 16.3% of those surveyed found it difficult to answer the question.

Compromises, such as the “freeze” of the conflict and the redistribution of Ukrainian territory, have mostly been expressed by respondents without Latvian citizenship – 68% in this group. Among respondents speaking Russian in the family, the proportion of supporters of this version is 60%. 49% of respondents in Latgale chose this answer. People aged 45 to 54 are more inclined to support compromise, while young people aged 18-24 (72%) advocate for the full liberation of Ukraine.

People with high income (69%) and those whose spoken language in families is Latvian (68%) are in favor of liberating the whole territory of Ukraine.

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