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Most Ukrainians support closed borders with Russia with visas and customs

Only 11% are convinced that Ukraine and Russia should be independent but friendly states with open borders without visas and customs.

Borders between Ukraine and Russia should be closed / UNIAN photo, Igor Chekachkov

The vast majority of Ukrainians – 79% – believe that between Ukraine and Russia borders with visas and customs should be closed.

This is evidenced survey resultsconducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.

As noted, only 11% believe that Ukraine and Russia should be independent, but friendly states with open borders without visas and customs. Also, only 1% of respondents are in favor of unification into one state.

“Compared to the period before the full-scale invasion (as of February 2022), the share of those who believe that the borders with visas and customs should be closed between Ukraine and Russia has increased from 44% to 79%. But from 48% to 11% there are fewer of those who advocate “friendly” relations between countries. Also, the proportion of those who advocate unification into one state has also decreased from 5% to 1%,” the survey results say.

In all regions, the vast majority (from 86% in the west to 70% in the east) are convinced that the borders with visas and customs should be closed between Ukraine and Russia. And in all regions, compared to February, the proportion of those who advocate closed borders has grown significantly. In particular, if in the south and east back in February the majority were in favor of “friendly” relations, now the overwhelming majority believes that there should be visas and customs between Ukraine and Russia.

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The survey was conducted during July 6-20, 2022 by computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI) based on a random sample of mobile phone numbers (with random generation of phone numbers and subsequent statistical weighting).

A total of 2,000 respondents from all regions of Ukraine (except for the Autonomous Republic of Crimea) were surveyed. The survey was conducted with adult (aged 18 years and older) citizens of Ukraine who at the time of the survey were living on the territory of Ukraine (within the limits controlled by the Ukrainian authorities until February 24, 2022). The sample did not include residents of territories that were temporarily not controlled by the authorities of Ukraine until February 24, 2022 (the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the city of Sevastopol, certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions), and the survey was not conducted with citizens who went abroad after February 24.

The statistical error of such a sample did not exceed 2.4%.

As UNIAN reported, from July 1, Ukraine began to operate visa regime for Russians. From now on, Russians cannot come to Ukraine without an invitation, for entry they need a passport and passport details of the host country, they must have at least 52 thousand hryvnias with them.

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