Attitudes and identities across the Donbas front line: What has changed from 2016 to 2019?

ZOiS Report 3/2019

by Prof. Dr. Gwendolyn Sasse and Alice Lackner

Five years after the onset of the war in eastern Ukraine, access to information from the war zone remains scarce, including about the daily lives, perceptions, and identities of the remaining resident population. In particular the non-government—controlled territories—the self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk (DNR and LNR)—tend to remain beyond the reach of policymakers and researchers.

A new ZOiS report examines changes in public opinion in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, including the government- and non-government-controlled areas. It draws on original cross-sectional survey data from 2016 and 2019. The focus is on three issues: identity (citizenship, ethnicity, and language); the status of the non-government-controlled territories and the Minsk II Agreement; and mobility and transnational linkages.