Poll: 95% of Refugees From DPR, LPR Favor Accession of Republics to Russia
13:32 GMT 22.09.2022 (Updated: 15:48 GMT 22.09.2022)
© Sputnik / Maksim BogodvidVolunteers see off a train with refugees from the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics on the platform of the railway station in Taganrog, Russia.
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Accession to Russia is supported by 95% of people from the Donetsk and Lugansk republics (DPR, LPR) who are currently in Russia, a poll by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) showed on Thursday.
Another 3% want the DPR and LPR to become independent states, while 2% found it difficult to answer. No respondent said they would want the DPR and LPR to remain part of Ukraine.
The telephone survey, commissioned by the Russian think tank Social Research Expert Institute, was conducted on September 20 among 537 residents of the DPR and LPR aged 18 and over who are currently in Russia.
On Tuesday, the DPR and LPR, as well as the Russian-controlled parts of the Ukrainian regions of Zaporozhye and Kherson, said that they would hold referendums on accession to Russia from September 23-27.
The DPR and LPR proclaimed their independence from Ukraine in 2014 after holding self-determination referendums. In February 2022, Russia recognized the DPR and LPR and launched a special military operation in Ukraine in response to calls for help from the two breakaway republics to defend them from the Kiev regime's aggression.