75% of displaced persons will never come back to Donbass – according to Tuka

The Deputy Minister for the temporarily occupied territories Georgiy Tuka considers that in Ukraine about 75% of people, who have been displaced, will not return to the Donbass under any circumstances.

He stated this at a conference “The path towards peace: human dimension”, according to Ukrinform .

“As for now, we have statistics showing that about 75% of people who had become forced internal refugees, would never get back to Donbass again under any circumstances. This demands immense reformatting of the governmental policy on the future not only the displaced persons, but also the whole society”, noted Tuka.

According to him, no one in Ukraine – neither society, nor public organizations – were ready for such a massive phenomenon, hoping that military actions would end soon and people would return to their places of residence.

Tuka has noted that manipulating the situation with refugees or internally displaced people – is one of Russia’s hybrid war components.

We would like to remind the survey results of Kiev International Institute of Sociology, released on October 25, according to which 48% of internally displaced persons do not intend to return to their former place of residence.

At the same time, 36% intend to return, and 16% found difficulty in replying.

Moreover, 36% of those who want to return said that they would not come back to their former homes before returning the occupied territories under the control of Ukrainian authorities, 35% – before restoring comfortable life conditions, 21% – before ceasing hostilities.

In the period from 22 July to 16 August, 1.5 thousand residents of host communities and 1 003 displaced people were surveyed by face-to-face interviews in all areas except the annexed Crimea and the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

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