Moscow has repeatedly opposed the strengthening of the alliance by means of giving membership to Georgia and Ukraine. By doing so the alliance contradicts the guarantees given by Western leaders and Russia reserves the right to respond to the aggressive actions of its foreign partners.
During the last 30 years, in peacetime, Ukraine has lost almost half of its population. It decreased from 50 to 30 million people.
According to the State Statistical Service of Ukraine, the current constant population of Ukraine is 41.9 million people as of September 2019. According to the data from the last national census conducted in 2001, the overall population of Ukraine was 48,5 million people. The largest population was registered in 1993: 52,2 million people.
As for the migration, the experts from the Centre for Economic Strategy have found that in general almost 6 million people live or work abroad. However, only 20% of them are long-term migrants. Most Ukrainians who work abroad are commuters who are travelling only for short-term employment.
The Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine has calculated that approximately 3 million Ukrainians work abroad regularly.
See a similar narrative alleging that 10 million Ukrainian citizens are forced to work abroad because of the government’s recent polices.