The November edition of a survey conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS) on the 20th anniversary of the referendum on the proclamation of state independence of Ukraine found that 82.6% of citizens support the national independence of the country, UKRINFORM reports.

The vast majority of respondents - 70% - believe that Ukraine and Russia should be independent states, "with open borders, without visas and customs services".

The poll also found that a much smaller portion (13%) believe that Ukraine and Russia should have visa travels.

The share of proponents of a single state is 16%. Only 1% of those surveyed failed to decide their preferences regarding the relations between Ukraine and Russia.

A similar situation is observed in all regions of Ukraine.

Sociologists remind that 20 years ago, on December 1, 1991 in the national referendum 90.3% of citizens who participated in the vote backed the decision of the Verkhovna Rada on the proclamation of state independence of Ukraine.

Since voting in the referendum saw 84.2% of the Ukrainian people, who then had the right to vote, 76% of adult population voiced support for the independence of Ukraine in the referendum.

"Despite economic woes and political crises that have haunted Ukraine for 20 years, the commitment of its citizens to the independence of their state is preserved and strengthened," sociologists say.

Today Ukraine is celebrating the 20th anniversary of a referendum on independence and first presidential elections in Ukraine.

On December 1, 1991 Ukrainians supported the Act of Independence of Ukraine, adopted by the Verkhovna Rada August 24, 1991 and thus spoken for the independence of the country.

The referendum saw 84% of citizens, 90.32% of participants supported the state independence of Ukraine, about 8% did not support.

In addition, December 1, 1991 Leonid Kravchuk was elected first President of independent Ukraine, who was supported by 61.59% of the Ukrainians.

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