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What does the West really think about the Ukrainian conflict?

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A demonstrator dressed in a wedding dress with gas-masks holds Ukraine’s flag with red-paint stains outside the White House

Whether by sanctioning Moscow or delivering arms to Kiev, Western leaders have thrown their full support behind Ukraine in response to Russia’s military operation there. However, as the conflict nears its third month, their citizens are increasingly focused on domestic issues.

How important is Ukraine for people around the world?

Regardless of whether their leaders have sided with Ukraine or not, citizens of 26 out of 27 countries surveyed by the Ipsos International Research Center put “inflation” as their number one concern in an April survey. These include countries that have taken a hard line against Russia (like the US, UK, Canada, and Poland), and those that haven’t condemned Moscow (like India, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia).

Poverty, unemployment, crime, and corruption made up the four most worrying

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