Russians put hostilities in eastern Ukraine, Western sanctions against Russia on top of Sept events

The hostilities in eastern Ukraine have been on top of the list of best remembered events in Russia for several months in a row, Levada Center told Interfax, adding that the hostilities were mentioned by 32 percent of their respondents.

The hostilities in eastern Ukraine have been on top of the list of best remembered events in Russia for several months in a row, Levada Center told Interfax, adding that the hostilities were mentioned by 32 percent of their respondents.

Over a quarter of 1,600 Russians polled on September 19-22 in 134 populated localities (28 percent) were impressed by the sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States and Western Europe.

Twenty-four percent mentioned Russia's incorporation of Crimea, and 22 percent recalled Russia's retaliatory food sanctions against the West, the change of administration in Ukraine and Petro Poroshenko's accession to presidency.

Twenty percent dubbed prisoner swaps in Donbas as a remarkable event, and 19 percent remembered Russian humanitarian convoys sent to Ukraine.

The ceasefire deal concluded between the Ukrainian authorities and the militia in Minsk became a significant event for 18 percent of the respondents, and the same number of Russians (18 percent) mentioned the single voting day, September 14.

A series of bankruptcies of Russian tour operators was remembered by 17 percent of Russians, 15 percent deemed important the Malaysian Boeing 777 crash, 14 percent spoke about the Ebola virus spread in Africa and 11 percent were impressed by the independence referendum in Scotland.

Nine percent recalled journalists executed by ISIL militants in Iraq and the Verkhovna Rada's approval of a law on the special status of some districts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions and 8 percent - the militia's counteroffensive in Donbass and the siege of Mariupol.

Seven percent mentioned the leak of Yandex, Mail.ru and Gmail user passwords in Russia and the recent house arrest of AFK Sistema head Vladimir Yevtushenkov. Six percent called important the decree of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that dissolved the Verkhovna Rada and scheduled the parliament election. Five percent paid attention to the ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement by the Verkhovna Rada and the Venice Film Festival.

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