New Poll finds only 15 percent in Eastern Ukraine want to join with Russia

BY Andy Swab  April 29, 2014 at 6:13 PM EDT
Russian flags are raised as a protest in Ukraine.

Russian flags are raised as a protest in Ukraine.

According to a poll published over the weekend by Ukrainian newspaper Dzerkalo Tyzhnia, or The Weekly Mirror in English, only 15 percent of Ukrainian respondents in eight southern and eastern regions want to join in a union with Russia. The poll confirms a previous one that claimed that 52.2 percent of people in the city of Donetsk, which is near the border with Russia, said they were against joining Russia, while only 27.5 percent favored rule from Moscow, according to Agence-France Presse.

In Donetsk, which has witnessed clashes between pro-Russian separatists and those in favor of remaining part of Ukraine, a peaceful, pro-Ukraine rally turned bloody. Violence erupted when a pro-Ukraine march was attacked by pro-Russia militants. The clash was caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube.

This occurred after the mayor of Ukraine’s second largest city, Hennadiy Kernes, was shot in the back while running through a park. The bullet narrowly missed his heart and while he survived surgery at a hospital his city of Kharkiv, he remains in critical condition. No arrests had been made.