First Estimates in Over 15 Years Reveal Staggering Decrease in Ukrainian Population
23 January, 2020
People walk on Sofiiska Square in Kyiv, Ukraine on August 31, 2016. EPA

There are just over 37 million people living in government-controlled Ukraine, which is a striking 11 million fewer than the last time the Ukrainian population was counted. This is according to the results of calculations made by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in cooperation with sociological organizations.

The estimates were made using data from cell phone carriers (sim cards consistently used within a period of three months), registers of pensioners and other social payment receivers, taxpayer registers, and data from demographic and migration registers.

The Ukrainian pensioners who live in the occupied territories of the Donbas but come to Ukraine to receive their social payments were also included in the calculation.

The results of the estimations were announced at the January 23 press conference led by the Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers Dmytro Dubilet and his team.

Dubilet stressed that the research “does not estimate the population living in the occupied territories of the Donbas and Crimea.” The war in the east of Ukraine that started in 2014 has led to more than 13,000 deaths and over 1.6 million internally displaced people.

According to the research, 3.7 million people live in Kyiv.

The head of the Cabinet of Minister also says that calculations lasted three months. He also claims that it didn't cost any extra money for the country.

The population has decreased since previous research in 2001 when the result was more than 48 million of people. According to the 2020 research, there are three million more women than men living in Ukraine.

/By Sasha Lytvyn