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One in five Ukrainians support granting of federal status to occupied Donbas – survey

KYIV. Feb 22 (Interfax-Ukraine) - One in three Ukrainian respondents support the recognition of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions (ORDLO) as temporarily occupied territories, and one in five think it is necessary to continue military operations until the full restoration of Ukrainian power in the occupied territories, sociologists say.

According to the results of a survey conducted by the Rating Sociological Group and presented at the Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Thursday, 32% of respondents support the cessation of hostilities in Donbas and the recognition of certain areas as temporarily occupied, 21% support the idea of giving these territories a federal status within Ukraine, and 8% support the secession of these territories from Ukraine.

Some 21% of Ukrainians believe that it is necessary to continue military operations until the full restoration of Ukrainian power in the occupied territory.

At the same time, most of those surveyed (63%) believe that Ukraine's unitary system is the most optimal for the country, while 19% of respondents support a federal system.

The federal structure of Ukraine is mostly supported by residents of Donetsk (39%), Odesa (38%) and Mykolaiv (31%) regions, and the unitary structure by those living in Poltava (84%), Ternopil and Ivano-Frankivsk (83%) regions.

In addition, half of those polled support a parliamentary-presidential form of government in the country, while 17% spoke in support of the transition to the parliamentary one, and 14% to the presidential one. One in five respondents were undecided.

At the same time, only 28% believe that Ukraine today needs a dictatorship with a tough leader as head of the state, while 56% are against dictatorship, and another 16% were undecided.

The survey was conducted from December 12 to December 28, 2017. A total of 30,000 respondents aged over 18 were interviewed face-to-face. The poll's margin of error does not exceed 0.6%.

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