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MOSCOW, 28 February 2022. Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) presents the findings of a survey describing the attitudes of Russians towards the special operation in Ukraine.

Sixty-eight percent of Russians are likely to support Russia’s special operation in Ukraine; every fifth respondent does not support it (22%); every tenth respondent is undecided (10%).

According to a quarter of respondents, the goals of the special operation in Ukraine are to protect the Russian-speaking population living in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s republics (26%); one in five report that the mission is not to allow NATO to deploy military bases in Ukraine  (20%). A similar percentage of respondents believe that the special operation is pursuing demilitarization in Ukraine (20%); 7% say that Russia seeks denazification and wants to change the political course in Ukraine; 6%, to change the political regime which is unfriendly towards Russia; 4%, to divide Ukraine into parts and establish its power in part of Ukraine.

Russian nationwide VCIOM-Sputnik survey was conducted February 25 and 27, 2022. A total of 1,600 of Russians aged 18 and older took part in the survey. Results are based on telephone interviews. Stratified dual-frame random sample based on a complete list of Russian landline and mobile phone numbers was used. The data were weighted according to selection probability and social and demographic characteristics. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level does not exceed 2.5%. In addition to sampling error, minor changes to the wording of questions and different circumstances arising during the fieldwork can introduce bias into the survey.


Do you support or not support Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine?

(closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)


Total respondents




Likely to support



Unlikely to support



Don’t know



In your opinion, what is Russia pursuing by conducting a special military operation in Ukraine?

(closed-ended question, one answer, % of total respondents)


Total respondents

To protect the Russian-speaking population in DNR and LNR  


Not to allow NATO to deploy military baes in Ukraine


To conduct demilitarization in Ukraine, to secure the borders  


To change Ukraine’s political course, to conduct denazification  


To change the political regime unfriendly to Russia  


To divide Ukraine and to establish the power in part of Ukraine  




Don’t know