Most of the residents of the occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions still consider it part of Ukraine. This is the outcome of the sociological poll that was conducted among the people living under the occupation of armed Russian mercenaries. The survey was ordered by the Center for Eastern Europe and International Studies (ZOiS) based in Germany.
"54.5 respondents living in the occupied areas consider these territories part of Ukraine. 31 percent of these would like the territories to get the autonomnous status in Ukraine's composition, while 23.5 stand for returning to Donetsk and Luhansk regions that are controlled by Ukraine, with no changes whatsoever", the survey says.
At that, 18.3 percent of those interviewed would like the occupied areas to join Russia without the autonomous rights provided. Another 27.3 percent want the autonomy for Donbas as part of the Russian Federation.
The survey was conducted in Donbas (both in Ukraine-held and enemy-occupied areas) in February and March this year. People were interiewed via phone calls (in the occupied territories) and live. The sampling included 1,200 people on the both sides of the division line in Donbas.