69% of Ukrainians think Crimea must be part of Ukraine: Survey

Source : 112 Ukraine

Respondents are unsure as to how, when and under which circumstances Crimea will return to Ukraine
16:55, 8 June 2016

Overwhelming majority of Ukrainian citizens (69%) think Crimea must be part of Ukraine, analyst of the fund ‘Democratic initiatives’ Ruslan Kermach informed at a public debate: ‘The future of Crimea: is reintegration possible? How and when?’. The statistics is based on a survey conducted in May 2016.

Kermach noted, that only 12% of respondents support Crimea’s independence and just 7% recognize the peninsula as part of Russia. Moreover, 54% of Ukraine’s population believe, that Crimea’s return to Ukraine is possible in the near future.

According to the survey, vast majority of Ukraine’s citizens believe, that reintegration of Crimea is possible, whereas there are controversies among respondents as to: how, when and under which circumstances it is going to happen.

According to the expert, 32% of Ukrainians believe, that return of Crimea is likely only in long-term perspective, 39% suppose, that it’s necessary to promote the idea now, 31% of respondents believe, that overall the issue is important, but currently not urgent.

Related: Poroshenko’s counselor: Returning Crimea might not be utmost priority for Ukraine

Related: EU will never recognize annexation of Crimea by Russia: Mogherini

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