- 19% thought it was a victory for Ukraine
- 20% a victory for Russia,
- 10% a compromise for both sides,
- 12% a forced step for both sides,
- 20% a staged stunt, and
- 19% said time will tell.
In other words the Ukrainian electorate's opinions are split, and they are as confused as everyone else. Readers are currently being asked if they support the sacking of PM Yekhanurov,
- 19% say yes,
- 72% say no,
- 9% are indifferent.
Although not scientific, these OP results should be noted immediately by Yulia T and BYuT, and acted upon. Unfortunately "bringing down" Yekhanurov and his Cabinet in the VR was a big mistake, which cannot now be repaired. But they should leave the gas question for now, set up an investigative commission, anything, but leave it. There is no political mileage to be gained pursuing the matter further. They should focus on trying to win an election, not solve the gas problem - this can only be done when in power. Election campaigns have to be paced, like a long distance race, and won by telling people what they want to hear.
Yulia has often been accused of being a populist, she should start behaving like one, or she'll slip further in the ratings.
The official BYuT site quotes a seasoned party member Volodymyr Yavorivskyi as saying, during a visit to the town of Lutsk today , "We were perfectly aware that our rating after this vote [in the VR to dismiss the PM and cabinet] will dip. We consciously took this step because to us national interests are far more important than our personal ratings."
"We thought to demand one thing - the denounciation of this cabbalistic [gas] agreement, but not the dismissal of the Cabinet of Ministers."
But surely getting into power is paramount, because you can't change anything if you're not in power...