Prepared and translated by J. Arnoldski
Having been engaged in research on public opinion in Donbass (in the DPR and LPR) since May-June 2014, including by means of personally and constantly conducting public opinion polls and expert surveys, I can confidently assert that the people of Donbass will never agree to go back to being part of Ukraine, no matter under what name or government. The overwhelming majority of DPR and LPR residents (and the majority of inhabitants of Ukrainian-occupied Donbass) dream of their region being annexed by Russia. Second place in popularity (by a wide margin) is the conviction that the DPR and LPR must preserve independence, and in third place is the establishment of a federal state of Novorossiya (the historical lands with a predominantly Russian, i.e., Great Russian, population wrested from the Turks by the Russian Empire and subsequently transferred by Lenin to the Ukrainian SSR). Those who support returning to Ukraine, according to the surveys conducted by the author among the population in the DPR and LPR, make up only 2-3%. In accordance with the political moods of the inhabitants of the DPR and LPR, which are undoubtedly inclined towards a maximum distancing from Ukraine and joining Russia, the authorities of the republics do not have the right to ignore these stable aspirations.
Thus, the current Kiev regime is: (1) illegitimate, having arisen as a result of the overthrow of a legitimate government and holding presidential and parliamentary elections only with gross procedural violations; (2) criminal, having committed treason in the form of a coup in collusion with a number of foreign states; and (3) genocidal, pursuing the extermination of the Russian population by means of military, financial and economic, and ecological means