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Over 70% of Donetsk Oblast residents don’t want to live under “separatist” rule

Over 70% of Donetsk Oblast residents don’t want to live under “separatist” rule
Translated by: Vira Yakusha
Edited by: Alya Shandra

According to the latest peace agreements of the Ukrainian government with the leaders of the Russian-backed “separatists” in Donbas in Minsk. Following it, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko drafted a law by which Donbas was granted a “special status” for three years, including a special self-governance status. This law has evoked criticism from many parts of Ukrainian society, including Serhiy Taruta, Governor of the Donetsk State Oblast Administration.

The regional news portal of the city of Donetsk,, ran a poll asking its readers how they are prepared to live under “separatist” rule.

Snapshot of the questionnaire on the site
Snapshot of the questionnaire on the site

As of September 30, 2624 people responded to the questionnaire posted on the web site

Question: “The Ukrainian parliament passed the law ‘On special status of some territories in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts.’ Practical implementation of this law would mean that Donetsk will continue to stay under control of DNR for at least three years. If this would become a reality, what will you do?”


42.7% responders noted that they will leave and move to the territory controlled by the Ukrainian government.

27.6% checked “Would be glad to leave, but don’t have any practical means for that”

4.7% specified that they are planning to move to Russia.

And a quarter of all responders – 25.1% confirmed that they will stay in Donetsk.


Translated by: Vira Yakusha
Edited by: Alya Shandra
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