Ukrainians believe Polish support for their country is waning

The number of Ukrainians listing Poland as one of their country’s closest allies has fallen considerably, while Germany enjoyed a significant rise

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, right, and Polish President Andrzej Duda pose for a picture during the opening ceremony of the Alley of the Brave in Kyiv, Ukraine, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko)

An increasing number of Ukrainians believe the enthusiasm from neighboring Poland to continue supporting their country in the ongoing conflict with Russia is wavering.

A new study conducted by the Ukrainian sociological group “Rating” for the International Republican Institute revealed a shift in Ukrainian public opinion on international support.

Respondents were asked to name the top three countries they believe are most engaged in helping Ukraine.

Just half (51 percent) of Ukrainian respondents now recognize Poland as a key supporter of their country, down from 71 percent back in February this year.

The United States now tops the list of countries that most Ukrainians consider to be their staunchest ally at 69 percent. Poland dropped to second, while the United Kingdom came third at 44 percent.

Germany rose to fourth place, with 22 percent of Ukrainians listing the country among Kyiv’s closest partners. The perception of German support has increased significantly since February when the country received just 1 percent.

The European Union received 7 percent, while Lithuania and France had 5 percent, and NATO had just 3 percent. The United Nations as a whole received just 1 percent.

The Ukrainian news outlet, European Pravda, noted that before the Russian invasion in February 2022, Ukrainians considered “friendly” countries to be the USA (28 percent), Poland (26 percent), Germany (23 percent), Belarus (21 percent), and also Lithuania and Georgia (14 percent each).

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