Most Ukrainians believe they will beat Russia: pollster

Ukraine claims gains in the Lugansk region: governor
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A large majority of Ukrainians believe their country will be able to repel Russia’s invasion, a Ukrainian pollster said on Friday.

The Rating polling agency said it had surveyed 1,200 people living across Ukraine — except in the separatist Donbas region and Russia-annexed Crimea — in telephone interviews on March 8 and 9.

Some 92 percent of respondents believed Ukraine would be able to repel Russia’s attack, while 6 percent felt hopeless.

Of those with high hopes of victory, 57 percent believed it would take weeks, while around 18 percent thought the war would last several months.

Eighty percent of respondents said they were helping to defend the country in one way or another.

Among them, 39 percent said they were helping people and the army as “volunteers”, while 37 percent said they were contributing financially.

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