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Asked about their general attitude to Ukraine today, 20% of respondents said it was "very bad" and 27% – "mostly bad." At the same time, 36% said "mostly good" and 6% said "very good". Another 11% of respondents found the question difficult to answer.

In September 2019, Levada Center reports, there were fewer Russian citizens who expressed a negative attitude toward Ukraine (12% "very bad", 19% "mostly bad", 47% "mostly good", and 9% "very good"). Back then, 13% found the question difficult to answer.

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At the same time, as the survey showed, now 56% of respondents believe that Russia and Ukraine should be independent, but friendly states – with open borders, no customs, and no visas. Another 26%  believe Russia's relations with Ukraine should be the same as with other states – with closed borders, visas, customs; 15% say Russia and Ukraine should unite into one state. Another 3% of respondents found it difficult to answer.

Levada Center conducted a survey on January 23-29, 2020, among 1,603 respondents aged 18 years and older in 137 settlements, 50 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, applying a personal interview method.

As UNIAN reported earlier, in the summer of 2019, almost a third of Russians supported the occupation of "southeastern Ukraine" and another third favored setting up an "independent state" there.