Survey: 74% of Ukrainians back Macron's NATO troop deployment plan

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French President Emmanuel Macron's proposal to deploy military units from Western allied states to Ukraine receives support from 74% of the country's respondents, revealed a sociological survey by the Razumkov Centre's service conducted from March 21 to 27.

The survey also revealed regional variations in support; the Western region showed the highest approval with 87%, followed by the Central and Eastern regions with 78% and 66%, respectively. Even in Ukraine's Southern region, a majority supports the deployment.

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Conversely, the opposition to the deployment in these regions was 4.5%, 10%, 19%, and 27% respectively. The survey involved 2,020 respondents aged 18 and older, conducted face-to-face in territories controlled by Ukraine away from active combat zones. The theoretical sampling error is reported at 2.3%, with a note that additional sampling deviations may be affected by ongoing Russian aggression and the displacement of millions of Ukrainians.

Macron's statement on sending troops to Ukraine

Ukraine’s allies are creating a coalition to provide long-range weapons to Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Feb. 26, following a conference in Paris dedicated to providing Ukraine with aid. He also suggested that the future possibility of sending Western troops to Ukraine should not be ruled out.

Several NATO countries publicly rejected the idea of sending troops to Ukraine in response to Macron's statements, including Poland, the United States, Germany, Czechia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anušauskas did not reject the possibility of sending NATO troops, adding that their troops would only be used on a training mission.

"All options should be kept open," Dutch Army Defense Chief, General Onno Eichelsheim, said.

European NATO member states have been studying the possibility of sending NATO troops to Ukraine for weeks, the AFP news agency reported, citing a source.

French troops could help Ukraine protect certain borders, and take part in exercises or ground air defense, French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal said on Feb. 29. He ruled out the participation of French soldiers in battles "directly on the front line."

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