The population of Ukraine in January-May 2019 decreased by 122,400 against December 2018 and as of June 1, 2019 amounted to 42.038,000, the State Statistics Service of Ukraine reported.

According to the agency, in January-May 2019, 126,700 children were born, while in January-May 2018 this figure was 137,800.

In the first five months of 2019, a natural decline in the population was recorded at 260,900, whereas in the same period last year it was 254,200.

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At the same time, the number of newborns exceeded the number of those who died by 11,842, while in January-April 2018 the difference was 9,616.

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In addition, there is a significant excess of the number of deaths over the number of newborns: 49 newborns per 100 deaths.

The data cover all regions of Ukraine, except for the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. The data on the natural and migration movement of the population are formed without taking into account the temporarily occupied territories of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Sevastopol and parts of the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

As UNIAN reported, citing the forecast of Institute of Social Research Demography of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, by 2030, the population of Ukraine will have decreased by 6.8% to 39.5 million, while the share of the working-age population will decrease by 12% to 24 million. The main reason is the outflow of the working-age population abroad.

In the spring of 2014, after the annexation of Crimea and the formation of the Anti-Terrorist Operation zone in the east of the country due to the start of hostilities in the region, the population of Ukraine was significantly adjusted and reduced to 43 million from 45 million. This figure has been decreasing each month.

The last time the census was held in Ukraine back in 2001.

The United Nations recommends such an assessment be done at least once every ten years.