The survey showed the attitude of Russians to the incident in the Kerch Strait

Most respondents tend to think that what happened was a planned provocation by the Ukrainian authorities.
The majority of Russians (79%) consider the situation with the detention of Ukrainian sailors near the Strait of Kerch as a planned provocation of Kiev as planned. This follows from the results of a survey conducted by VTsIOM.

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“The incident in the Kerch Strait is clearly perceived by the Russians as a conscious provocation of the Ukrainian authorities, undertaken by them with the aim of patriotic mobilization around President Poroshenko,” said Valery Fedorov, general director of the VTsIOM.

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The study also showed that 87% of Russians are aware of what happened in the Kerch Strait. 70% of this number consider the actions of the Russian border guards to be absolutely correct with respect to the Ukrainian sailors. 23% believe that the detention was “rather correct.” And only 2% said that the actions of Russia were “rather wrong”, and another 1% considered these actions “certainly wrong”.

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Every fifth resident of Russia (19%) believes that the provocation was made specifically to start a war between Russia and Ukraine, and 17% explain this as a reason to accuse Russia of aggression.

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Recall, on November 25, 2018, three Ukrainian ships violated the border of Russia and were soon detained. During the interrogation, the sailors confessed to provocation. They are charged .

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