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The study also shows that more than half of Ukrainians fear that Russia will seizure more Ukrainian territories. Ukrainians also see the efforts against Covid as a failure and mainly blame the Minister of Health for that. 

A nationwide survey made by Liberty Report shows that 23 percent of the adult Ukrainian population wants to live abroad. The most popular destinations are United States, Canada, and the EU, where Germany, Poland, Spain, Italy, and the Czech Republic are the top choices. The survey shows no fundamental differences between men and women, but age does seem to affect the desire to leave Ukraine. 

30 percent of the respondents aged 18-29 want to leave Ukraine, which is fairly the same for 30-44 year-olds (29 percent) and 45-59 year-olds (28 percent), but drops to only six percent for the people over 60. The results also show that only 20 percent of people in Western Ukraine are interested in working abroad, while that number is 32 percent in the center of Ukraine, 41 percent in the south, and 50 percent in the East. 

The Ukrainian population has dropped by 28 percent since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Some leave temporarily, and others leave permanently in the pursue of a better life abroad. The World Bank estimated that 10.3 percent of the Ukrainian GDP came from remittances from its citizens working abroad in 2019. It is a total of 15.8 billion dollars. Despite the Ukrainian economy benefitting from these remittances, the Ukrainian government is trying to keep Ukrainians at home to develop the country. A 2019 national survey showed that 50 percent of Ukrainians view emigration as the country’s biggest threat.

The survey has 1,500 respondents, and the maximum error does not exceed 2.58 percent. 

Afraid of Putin

The survey by Liberty Report also found that 57 percent of Ukrainians are afraid that Russian President Vladimir Putin will try to seizure more Ukrainian territories. That fear is a little lower among the younger generations and men in general, but the numbers do only vary a little. 50 percent of men and 63 percent of women are afraid of a Russian attack. 

Surprisingly, the largest share of people not afraid of a new Russian invasion is found in the Eastern part of Ukraine, where 49 percent are not concerned. That number is lower in Western Ukraine, where only 31 percent are not afraid of a new Russian attack at all. 

The war broke out in 2014 after the Maidan Revolution between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian government in Donbas. Russia also annexed Crimea in 2014, and 13,000 people have lost their lives in the war, according to the UN. 

Covid-fight is a failure

The survey also focused on people’s opinions about Covid-19. Only three percent of the adult Ukrainians find the fight against Covid-19 successful, while 53 percent see the fight against Covid-19 in Ukraine as a failure. 48 percent of women and 59 percent of men see the Ukrainian government’s efforts against Covid-19 as a failure. 

The survey also found that most people – 46 percent – blame the Minister of Health for the problems of Covid-19, while 23 percent blame the President and 13 percent the Prime Minister. Recently, the Ukrainian Minister of Health Maxim Stepanov was fired by the Ukrainian government for being inefficient, being blamed for inefficient lockdowns and the slow vaccination process in the country, much behind the neighboring countries. 

There is, however, some good news. 20 percent of Ukrainians said that they have reduced their alcohol consumption during the pandemic. 21 percent among men and 19 percent among women. Eight percent completely stopped drinking alcohol, while six percent said that they have started to drink even more during the pandemic. The most popular drink during the pandemic is wine, 35 percent, beer, 26 percent, and vodka, 16 percent.