30 Villages Die Off Every Year in Ukraine, Dnepropetrovsk’s Population Continues to Plummet

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


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Dnepropetrovsk has officially lost the status of a city with a million residents. This was reported by the local newspaper “Dnepr 24” with reference to the data of the Main Directorate of Statistics.

The publication notes that in recent years the population of Dnepropetrovsk has started to rapidly decline, which is due to several factors. Many residents temporarily or permanently leave to earn money in other countries. In addition, the population is declining because of natural causes – an increase in mortality and a decrease in the birth rate.

According to the Central Statistics Office of the Dnepropetrovsk region, as of August 1st, 2018 the city had 999,257 inhabitants. And since the beginning of 2018 the population of Dnepropetrovsk decreased by 3687 people.

Continuing the theme of depopulation in Ukraine, the political scientist Vladimir Tsibulko stated on the “NewsOne” TV channel that the declaration of a farm economy as the foundation of Ukraine’s agricultural system is not just a matter of the land market or the agricultural system, but also the security of the state.

“Many countries of the world stimulate the uniform resettlement of inhabitants across the territory. In Ukraine 30 villages disappear annually. And this is a consequence of the land reform that has in principle given growth to the agricultural sector. But it also changes the country’s demography,” he noted.

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