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Ukraine should cede territory to Russia, nearly half of Germans say in poll — Analysis

Further 41% feel that Kiev should not accept such concessions to resolve the ongoing conflict.

Almost half of Germans believe Ukraine should cede territory in the country’s east to reach a peace deal with Russia, according to a fresh poll by broadcaster RTL.
Although 47% of Germans support Ukraine’s territorial concessions, only 41% of them oppose the idea. According to the poll, 12% were unconvinced.

A vast majority – some 69% – of Germans do not believe that Kiev will be able to defeat Russia on the battlefield and drive its troops out of the country. Only 26% of Germans believe enough weaponry would enable Kiev to defeat Russia. However, only 56% of Germans think that Kiev needs heavy weaponry, and 40% disagree.

Despite supporting the arms deliveries to Kiev, a vast majority of Germans (73%) do not believe that the country’s federal government has a well-thought-out strategy for dealing with both Kiev and Moscow in the long term, while only 15% believe a well-conceived plan is in place.

Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. These protocols were originally signed by France and Germany through intermediaries. Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”

The Kremlin recognised the Donbass republics in February 2022 as independent states. It demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and not join any Western military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian offensive wasn’t provoked.

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