Ukraine's population 10 million fewer than official data, Rada states

The population of Ukraine is slightly more than 30 million people, and not 42 million, according to government statistics. This was stated on the TV channel ZIK by the former Minister of Labour and Social Policy of Ukraine, Verkhovna Rada deputy Mikhail Papiyev.

"Externally, Ukraine looks like a successful state. According to statistics, today there are 42.3 million of Ukrainians, that is, it is a powerful European country. According to the calculations we conducted together with experts and the Institute of Demography of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, now an optimistic figure is 32 million Ukrainian citizens," Papiev said, noting that the analysis did not take into account the population of the Crimea, the DPR and the LPR.

According to the parliamentarian, 10 million Ukrainian citizens could not find work in their homeland and were forced to leave for work abroad.

"There were five million of them until 2014, and another five million left after. It is a big trouble, because mostly healthy people at a reproductive age leave," he added.

According to the State Statistics Committee of Ukraine, the population of Ukraine as of June 1, 2017, is 42.3 million people without taking into account the Crimea, which since 2014 has become a region of Russia.

DONi News Agency