The East of Ukraine has traditionally been one of the most euroskeptic regions of the country. Five years after Euromaidan and the beginning of Russian aggression, the number of supporters of the pro-European agenda has not changed significantly. For instance, in 2013, 18.4% of the respondents in the East supported the accession to the EU, while by 2019, the level of support for the accession to the EU amounted to 25%. Moreover, while the capital is focused on its own agenda, the views of the residents of the regions still remain far from Kyiv’s attention.
This discussion paper has been prepared within the framework of the New Europe Center initiative aimed at researching the attitudes toward the European integration in the regions of Ukraine.