Russians mention war in Ukraine, humanitarian aid among top August events - poll

The so-called "antiterrorism" operation in south-eastern Ukraine topped the list of events best remembered by Russians in the past four weeks; it was mentioned by 39% of respondents, Levada Center told Interfax on Thursday.

The so-called "antiterrorism" operation in south-eastern Ukraine topped the list of events best remembered by Russians in the past four weeks; it was mentioned by 39 percent of respondents, Levada Center told Interfax on Thursday.

The story concerning the Russian humanitarian convoy sent to Ukraine drew the attention of 30 percent of the respondents polled nationwide on August 22-25.

Russians also mentioned Russia's incorporation of Crimea and Sevastopol (30 percent) and the siege of Donetsk, Horlivka and Luhansk (26 percent).

Russia's ban on Western food imports was listed amongst the main events of this August by 26 percent of respondents, and 23 percent recalled the Western sanctions on Russia.

Twenty-one percent spoke about the Malaysian Boeing 777 crash in Ukraine and another 21 percent about the change of administration in Ukraine. Nineteen percent mentioned the Moscow metro crash, and 17 percent the Ebola fever outbreak in Africa.

Fourteen percent highlighted the execution of a U.S. journalist by ISIS militants in Iraq.

The other most important events of the past month included the Russian president'"Yalta speech" (12 percent), McDonald's restaurant checks in Russia (11 percent) and the FIFA World Cup matches in Brazil (10 percent).

Eight percent mentioned the Israeli antiterrorism operation in Gaza, 7 percent the dispersal of EuroMaidan in Kiev and the bankruptcy of several tour operators in Russia, and 6 percent the resignations of the DPR and LPR leaders.

Five percent spoke about WWI centenary remembrance events and the unrest in Ferguson, U.S., caused by the killing of an African-American teenager.

Four percent mentioned the hacking of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's Twitter account and the armed conflict between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh.

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