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The political situation in Ukraine can be sometimes confusing as politicians often switch party allegiances. One constant over the last three years is the vast majority of the public that has cast their votes in favor of pro-European political parties. Currently, 9% of politicians in Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada (parliament) oppose closer ties with Europe.
While anti-European sentiment does exist, the majority of this sentiment is concentrated in the southeast of the country. However, as an overall percentage of the population, these numbers remain relatively low. The viewpoint of many experts and citizens is this trend will continue into the foreseeable future, primarily because of the renewed feeling of self-empowerment and cultural identity over the past three years.