Eva K. Bartlett has posted a YouTube video on Oct 1, 2022. It includes some interviews of residents of Donetsk, a city in Eastern Ukraine.

The interviewees express pro-Russian opinions.

Bartlett writes:

Given the predictable Western negation of the referendum to join Russia, and following having done many interviews with people during the referendum, yesterday I did some follow up interviews with Donetsk residents, asking their opinions on joining Russia

Bartlett implies that Donetsk citizens would like to be part of Russia.

Bartlett's Wikipedia page includes claims that she is a shill for Russia, and she may have cherry-picked her interviews, or people may have been pressured to express false views.

Is there good evidence that the people of Donetsk generally would prefer to be part of Russia than Ukraine?

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    I am on mobile now, so I don't want to edit myself, but this seems like a perfectly salvageable question, with an edit. The claim isn't "My friend says...", It is "This widely-seen video purports to show Donetsk, Ukraine citizens want to be part of Russia. Is this widely true of those locals?" Answers (and commenters) should address the claim, not dismiss the claim because of who the reporter is.
    – Oddthinking
    Oct 19 at 1:30
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    It's almost certainly impossible to get accurate answer while there is active war going on.
    – pinegulf
    Oct 19 at 7:25
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    Since there is considerable evidence of Russia killing people linked with the current Ukraine government, and of Ukraine killing people accused of collaborating with the Russians, it's hard to see how you'd get an honest answer.
    – Stuart F
    Oct 19 at 10:29
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    What does "X residents" mean? If there was a single resident wanting that would the statement be true? If they are 100? 1000? 1% of the population? 10%? 50%+1? 80%? 100%? Unfortunately the statement is so vague that you cannot really give a specific binary answer. Also it seems likely that residents have changed significantly in the last months with a lot of people fleeing and also some russians "colonizing" it, so "resident" imply being there today or having lived there for the last, say, 10 years?
    – GACy20
    Oct 19 at 14:56
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    Bear in mind that there is footage of people being hauled to the "referendum" polls at literal gunpoint by soldiers. Putin has also formally declared "martial law" in the occupied areas, and his soldiers weren't exactly shy of shooting civilians even before that. Being an actual impartial journalist in that region is exceedingly unhealthy.
    – Shadur
    Oct 20 at 14:53


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