Almost Half of Ukrainians Support Closed Borders with Russia - Poll

The number of Ukrainians who wish the borders with Russia to be closed has significantly increased: 32% wanted it in May 2014; in September they were 45%. The situation in Russia has not changed - 28% in May and 26% in September.

The Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) polling dedicated to the change in attitude of the Ukrainian citizens to Russians and the Russian Federation population towards Ukrainians evidences this, Censor.NET reports citing UNIAN.

This study is a joint project of the KIIS and the Russian non-government research organization Levada-Center.

Russians and Ukrainians were asked "How do you see Ukraine's relations with Russia?"

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The number of those who want friendly relations between the two independent states with open borders without visas and customs in Russia increased by 8% (now it is 62% against last 54%), in Ukraine this figure decreased by 10% (it is currently 44% opposite to May's same with Russian 54%).

7% of the Russian population (in May it was 12%) and 5% of the Ukrainians (8% in May) wish the States to unite; this number has declined in both countries.

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Most supporters of union with Russia are in the east, however, this amount reduced by half compared to May (13% in September - in May it was 26%). Only 5% of the Ukrainians in southern Ukraine want integration with Russia now. The countries' unification supporters are in minority in the west (0%) and in the center (2%) of the country.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n305790