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An overwhelming majority of Ukrainians oppose giving land to Russia as part of any peace deal, even if it means prolonging the war as a result, according to a new poll released on Tuesday.
The survey of 2,000 Ukrainians was reportedly conducted by the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology between May 13 and May 18, with the results released on the third anniversary of the February 24 Russian invasion.
The poll found that 82% of Ukrainians did not support territorial concessions as part of a peace deal, while 10% were in favor and 8% were undecided.
Among Ukrainians currently living in Russian-occupied territory, 77% opposed any land concessions, the poll also found, according to Reuters.
kyiv has repeatedly declared that it will not cede any land to Moscow, the news agency adds.
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The release of the poll results comes the same day former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger urged Ukraine to cede territory to help end the war.
“Negotiations must begin within the next two months before this creates upheaval and tension which will not be easily overcome,” Kissinger was quoted as saying by the Telegraph. “Ideally the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante.”
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