Implementation of the Paris Summit Agreements: the Reactions and Expectations of Ukrainians
On December 9, 2019 during the first and only meeting of the leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia in Paris, a number of agreements were reached to restart the peace process in the Donbas.
Ukraine and Russia immediately commenced to provide different versions of interpretations of these agreements, and the Ukrainian public became the battleground for these competing interpretations.
In the year since the meeting in Paris, Ukrainian authorities have tried different ideas and ways to breathe a new life into the peace negotiations and to win public support for the policy of reintegration of the occupied territories.
This analytical report, prepared jointly by experts of the School for Policy Analysis at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (SPA NaUKMA) and Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, illustrates how Ukrainian society has reacted to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s policy on war and peace in the Donbas.
Based on our analysis of public opinion polls’ results that were conducted in September 2019 – November 2020, we assessed Ukrainian government’s effectiveness and made policy recommendations for Ukrainian authorities and international partners to promote the consolidation of Ukrainian society and to broaden support for the deoccupation policy of the Donbas.