Dead Euphoria: Over 60% of Crimeans want to live in Ukraine – poll

Could it really be, only a year after Crimea became a de facto member of the Russian Federation? Popular opinion in the former Soviet Union can be fickle, as revealed by very frequent elections, referendums and surveys, but a poll conducted by a Crimean newspaper ‘Crimean Truth’ has revealed that over 60% of 4,510 people participating now prefer the idea of their peninsula once more being formally part of Ukraine. As ‘Crimean Truth’ has – at least traditionally – been associated with the Communist Party, it is presumably not hostile to Moscow (the Communists throughout Ukraine tended to be sympathetic to Russia in the post-Soviet era), and would have no reason to distort its findings. If true, Moscow has just cause to be concerned about the fate of its new prize…

Surprisingly, 60% of Crimean said they want back in Ukraine

A year after the annexation of the Crimea by Russia, the euphoria of the inhabitants of the peninsula is almost gone. The miracle did not happen. Moreover, in addition to old problems, there are a number of new ones, and Crimeans have started to see things clearly. This is according to a survey conducted on the website of Russian newspaper Crimean Truth, reported Patriots of Ukraine with reference to Krym.Realii. Thus, according to the survey, 61% of respondents would vote for “wider powers for Crimea as part of Ukraine,” if a referendum was held today. Meanwhile, only 19% would vote for unification with Russia, and 20% “would not turn out for a referendum.” The survey, “How would you answer the question on an all-Crimean referendum today?” was published on the website March 5th, 2015, and by 8:00 on March 9th, 4,510 people had taken part.

In late February, early March 2014, troops in unmarked uniforms were transferred from Russia and the Crimean bases of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, and occupied the peninsula. On March 16th, 2014, the so-called referendum on the status of the peninsula in Crimea and Sevastopol was held, as a result of which Russian included Crimea as one of its constituent parts. Neither Ukraine nor the EU recognized this vote and believe that Russia annexed the Crimea. After that, the US and the European Union introduced a series of economic sanctions against Russia. The West continues to insist that Crimea is part of Ukraine.

Несподівано: 60% кримчан заявили, що знову хочуть в Україну

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