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    More than half of Ukrainian residents regret the break-up of the Soviet Union, an expert from the Research & Branding Group said on Wednesday, citing poll results.

    More than half of Ukrainian residents regret the break-up of the Soviet Union, an expert from the Research & Branding Group said on Wednesday, citing poll results.

    "More than half of Ukrainian residents (54%) agree that the Soviet Union should have been preserved, although every third resident (33%) has a contrary opinion," Yevgeny Kopatko said.

    However, only 26% of respondents said they would vote against independence from the Soviet Union if such a referendum took place today, while 51% say they would choose independence.

    "At present, Ukrainians are divided in their perception of the Soviet Union's breakup. Some consider this event "a logical end of the communist empire" (44%) while others say it was a "major geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century," he said.

    Some 43% of Ukrainians believe that the breakup of the Soviet Union was inevitable, while 46% say it was possible to avoid it.

    A total of 2,075 respondents took place in survey on March 1-9. The margin of error is estimated to be below 2.2%.

     

    KIEV, March 16 (RIA Novosti) 

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