Exactly 31 years ago, Ukraine chose Independence

Exactly 31 years ago, Ukraine chose Independence

On December 1, 1991, the All-Ukrainian referendum on Ukraine's independence was held.

90.92% of voters gave an affirmative answer. There was not a single region, not a single populated place, where the idea of ​​independence of Ukraine would not find the support of the majority of citizens.

Results of all Ukrainian referendum on Ukraine's independence, 1991. Image credit: wikimedia.

In Crimea, 54.19%, in Sevastopol – 57.07%, in Donetsk, Luhansk, Odesa and Kharkiv regions – more than 80% of citizens voted for independence. In Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Ternopil, Volyn, Rivne, Zhytomyr, Kyiv, Khmelnytskyi, Cherkasy, and Vinnytsia regions – more than 95% of citizens voted for independence. 

Ukraine, December 1991. Ukrainian referendum. Photo credits: AFP.

For the third time in more than 350 years of our heroic and at the same time tragic history since the War of Liberation in the middle of the 17th century Ukraine gained independence.

The very next day, on December 2, 1991, Poland and Canada recognized the independence of Ukraine, and on December 4, – Lithuania and Latvia.

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