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War in Ukraine: Nearly half of Russians support a peaceful solution, according to opinion polls

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A new poll shows that nearly half of Russian citizens support Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to reach a peaceful solution to end the war in Ukraine, more than those who say they want the war to continue.

According to a poll conducted by the polling group Rossi-Field, which interviewed 1,611 Russian citizens from October 21 to 29, 48 percent of those surveyed answered that they believe the country should move forward with peace negotiations with Ukraine.

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In the same poll, 39% responded that they support Russia’s continuation of the war.

According to the survey group, men and people over 45 who participated in the survey were more likely to support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while women and younger respondents were more likely to favor negotiations.

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The results also represent the largest support for a peaceful end to the war in Ukraine since the group began polling in February 2022, shortly after Russia launched its full-scale invasion.

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Supporting peace “tomorrow”

A large number of respondents, 74 percent, also answered that they would support Putin if he signed a peace agreement “tomorrow,” compared to only 18 percent who said they would not support stopping the war, he writes. Newsweek.

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According to Russian Fields polls, support for a quick peace settlement is almost at its highest levels since the start of the war, with 75 percent of participants saying they support ending the war “tomorrow” after Putin began a partial military mobilization in September 2022.

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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in October that Russia was ready to discuss a “post-conflict solution” to the war in Ukraine.

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However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly promised that Ukraine will not make any concessions to Russia regarding the occupied territories of Ukraine in order to reach a ceasefire agreement.

He tightens his fist

The poll comes weeks after another poll showed that 70 percent of Russians would support Vladimir Putin if he decided to end the conflict in the same week.

But in a scenario in which the end of the war means that Russia returns the Ukrainian territories it annexed and occupied, only 34% of respondents said they would still support rapid negotiations.

The poll comes as Putin is expected to seek a fifth term in the coming weeks, before the presidential elections next March.

Putin recently adopted changes to the country’s election laws, including changes that limit independent media coverage of upcoming elections and strict rules on what platforms candidates can use to campaign.

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