Most residents of the southeastern regions of Ukraine do not see Donbass outside of Ukraine, shows a poll conducted by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology on February 24-28.
The poll, whose outcome was presented in Kiev on Friday, was conducted in the Kharkov, Odessa, Kherson, Donetsk and Lugansk regions, including the regions not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities. The poll surveys 561 respondents, who were polled by calling their landline phone number in 124 populated areas.
Thirty-three percent of the respondents said they believe Ukraine should regain control over Donbass and public administration on these territories should be as it was. Thirty-one percent of the respondents believe Ukraine should regain control over Donbass, but the territories should be granted broader powers as parts of a unitary state. Ten percent of the respondents said they believe Ukraine should become a federation and Donbass should stay part of the country as an autonomous republic.
At the same time, 11 percent of the respondents believe Donbass should separate from Ukraine and become independent, 7 percent believe Donbass should separate from Ukraine and join Russia, and 8 percent were undecided.
Even on the territory not controlled by Ukraine, half of the respondents believe one of the three scenarios according to which the region stays part of Ukraine is the best choice.
However, one out of every four respondents on this territory said their region should independent ad 16 percent said it should join Russia.
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