KYIV (QHA) -

The idea of creating the Crimean Tatar autonomy after the liberation of the peninsula from the Russian occupation is supported by half of the inhabitants of Ukraine.

This is evidenced by data from a survey conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, jointly with the sociological service of the Razumkov Center. The survey was conducted from August 16 to August 22 in all regions of Ukraine with the exception of the annexed Crimea and the occupied territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. 2019 respondents aged over 18 were interviewed.

The creation of the Crimean Tatar autonomy is most supported in the west and in the center of Ukraine - 56% and 59%, respectively. In the east and south of the country, 36-38% of the population supported the Crimean Tatar autonomy.

At the same time, 28% of respondents oppose the creation of autonomy.

According to Serhiy Shapovalov, an analyst with the Ilko Kucheriv Foundation for Democratic Initiatives, the proportion of Ukrainians who consider Crimea to be part of Ukraine is high.

“Since our last poll in 2016, Ukrainians have consistently expressed the opinion that Crimea should remain part of Ukraine. On average, 70% of citizens support this,” the expert said.

In the west and in the center of Ukraine, more than 80% of respondents think so, while in the south - 56%, and 45%in the east of Ukraine.

“The idea of Crimea being part of Russia is gradually losing support in the south and in the Donbas. If in 2016, about 15% of residents of these regions supported such an initiative, this year only from 2% to 4% do,” the analyst said.

According to the survey, optimistic assessments of the prospects for the return of Crimea prevail among Ukrainians: 48% of respondents consider de-occupation real, and 36% do not believe that Crimea can be returned.

Reportedly, in August, the overwhelming majority of the inhabitants of the million-plus Ukrainian cities called themselves patriots and said they were proud to be Ukrainians. To the question whether you consider yourself a patriot of Ukraine, 86% of the respondents from Lviv, 64% of Odesa citizens and 62% of Kharkiv citizens answered in the affirmative. 85% of Lviv residents, 68% of respondents from Odesa and 65% from Kharkiv are proud to be citizens of Ukraine.

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