A third of Ukraine’s population (33.5 percent) regret the collapse of the Soviet Union, according to a survey conducted by the Kiev international Institute of sociology (KIIS).

In 2017, the sociological group "Rating" conducted a similar survey on the attitude of citizens of Ukraine to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Then 33% regretted the collapse of the Soviet Union, 53% are not spared, 14% "is not defined with the answer".

"Half of Ukrainians (50,1%) do not regret the collapse of the Soviet Union, but one in three (33.5 percent) regret" – says the publication on the KIIS website on Monday. According to the tables, another 16.4% of respondents are unable to determine the answer.

In addition, 35% of respondents believe that the presence of Ukraine in the Soviet Union earned her favor. On the "more harm" say 28% of the respondents, 25.5 percent chose "it is difficult to say for certain what was more". The rest refused to answer.

"However, compared to may 2013, when the KIIS conducted a similar survey, from 48% to 35% fewer of those who see in the Soviet period more good. At the same time, those who see more harm has become greater from 18% to 28%, and those who "can not evaluate what was more," became less from 31% to 25.5%" – is added in the publication. For the purposes of comparison the data for 2013 are presented excluding the answers of the residents of Crimea, who later reunited with Russia after a referendum on the Peninsula, and uncontrolled Kiev territory of Donbass.

The survey was conducted from 24 to 31 may by telephone interviews in all regions of Ukraine except for uncontrolled Kiev territory of Donbass. Surveyed 2 thousand respondents. The statistical error does not exceed 2.2%.

In fact, the Soviet Union ceased to exist on 25 December 1991, when Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in an address to the Soviet people announced the termination of its activities as President. This followed the agreement signed on 8 December leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, declaring the dissolution of the Soviet Union and proclaimed the establishment of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). This act went down in history as the Belavezha agreement.

Back in 1990, all the Soviet republics adopted the Declaration on state sovereignty. To stop the disintegration of the country on 17 March 1991 a referendum was held on preserving the Soviet Union. "Over" then spoke, 76.4% took part in voting. Based on the results of the referendum in the spring and summer of 1991 was developed by the project agreement "On the Union of sovereign republics", the signing of which was scheduled for August 20. But it never took place because of the coup attempt of August 19-21, 1991, known as the August putsch.