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 75 percent of residents in Ukrainian-controlled Donbas see the region as part of Ukraine, - poll. INFOGRAPHICS

Most of the residents of both the Donbas and other regions of Ukraine support preserving the Donetsk and Luhansk regions within the country.

These are the results of a survey conducted by the sociological group "Rating" ordered by the International Republican Institute, Censor.NET reports.

The poll was conducted in all regions of Ukraine (excluding the occupied territory of Crimea and parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions) between Nov. 19-30, 2015.

When asked what status should be given to the Donbas, including the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, 75 percent of people in the region spoke in favor of its remaining within Ukraine, while the same opinion was shared by 86 percent of citizens living throughout the rest of the country.

Of these, 32 percent of residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions said they wanted to remain a part of Ukraine with the same status as before the Russian aggression. This viewpoint was shared by 53 percent of people from other Ukrainian regions.

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35 percent of Donbas residents in the areas governed by national authorities said they wanted to remain within Ukraine though with extended responsibilities as a result of decentralization reform. The same answer was supported by 20 percent of respondents from other regions.

Eight percent of respondents in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions chose "to become an autonomous region within Ukraine." Only six percent of citizens in the rest of the country shared this approach.

Another seven percent of Donbas residents claimed their desire to become a part of Russia, while this option was supported by just two percent of respondents from other regions.

One percent of respondents both in the Donbas and the rest of Ukraine believe the region should "become an independent state."

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When asked about the status of the territories occupied by the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics militants, 72 percent of region residents and 80 percent of respondents in the rest of Ukraine said they should remain a part of Ukraine.

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Of these, 31 percent of residents of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as 53 percent of respondents from other country's regions want the occupied territories in the east of Ukraine to remain within the country, as before.

28 percent of Donbas respondents want more powers for the occupied territories, while their approach is shared by 18 percent of citizens in the rest of the country.

13 percent of region respondents see it as autonomous within Ukraine; the same opinion is shared by nine percent of residents from other regions.

Another eight percent of inhabitants in the government-controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions believe the occupied territories should become a part of Russia. Only four percent of Ukrainians in the rest of the country agree on this.

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Granting the status of an independent state for the occupied areas is supported by respectively four and three percent of respondents in the Donbas and other regions of Ukraine.

Also, 82 percent of people in the government-controlled territory are sure there is no harassment of Russian-speaking population in Ukraine. Of these, 54 percent were more than convinced of this.

11 percent of respondents believe some oppression exists (though only two percent are sure about this). Another seven percent were undecided.

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At the same time, 71 percent of respondents in the Donbas said they did not support Russia's decision to send troops to Ukraine "to protect the Russian-speaking population" (of which 49 percent sounded categorical), nine percent supported the decision (two percent categorically), while another 20 percent turned out to be undecided.

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When asked about their opinion concerning Russia's actions in Crimea, 41 percent of Donbas residents said they considered them an illegal invasion and occupation of independent Ukraine, while 11 percent viewed them as a legitimate protection of the Russian-speaking citizens of Ukraine. Other respondents gave a different answer or were undecided.

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Also, most of Donbas respondents said Ukraine should remain a unitary country (50 percent), whereas federalization was supported by only 14 percent. Another 13 percent believe that Ukraine should be unitary but without Crimea.

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The poll was conducted in all regions of Ukraine (excluding the occupied territory of Crimea and parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions) from Nov. 19-30, 2015. The national survey had a randomly selected sample of 1,800 permanent residents of Ukraine aged 18 and older and eligible to vote. The margin of error does not exceed plus or minus 2.3 percent. The poll also included an oversample of 1,284 respondents in the Ukrainian-controlled territories of the Donbas.
 
 
 
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