Russians' interest in the events in Ukraine has increased again: 83 percent of the respondents surveyed by the All-Russia Public Opinion Research center (VTsIOM) said they follow the news about Ukraine and 38 percent said they follow these news continuously (against 29 percent in October 2014).
The poll, which surveys 1,600 people living in 132 populated areas of Russia, was conducted on January 24-25.The respondents were asked what they believe is now happening in Ukraine.
Fifty percent of the respondents (against 40 percent in October 2014) called the events taking place in Ukraine a civil war, while 17 percent of the respondents (against 12 percent in October 2014) called the situation genocide.
Another 17 percent of the respondents believe anarchy and banditry are now rampant in Ukraine. The respondents also spoke about a fight for power, interference by the West and fascism (3 percent each).
Sixty-three percent of the respondents (against 38 percent in October 2014) believe the tensions are now increasing in Ukraine, while only 25 percent (against 50 percent in October 2014) said the situation has now changed. Only 4 percent of the respondents said they believe the situation has indications of stabilization.
Twenty-six percent of the respondents (against 17 percent in October 2014) believe the probability of military action beginning between Russia and Ukraine is how high and 10 percent said they are convinced a war between the two countries is already going on. However, half of the respondents said they do not believe in the possibility of a war between the two countries: 33 percent said they believe it is not very probable and 21 percent said it is generally impossible.
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