The population of Ukraine fell by 18,449 people in January 2011, to 45.76 million people, the State Statistics Service has reported.

Some 31.433 million people lived in towns and cities, while 14.327 million people lived in villages.

In December 2010, the number of Ukrainians fell by 17,411 people, and last year the population fell by 200,000.

According to the Ukrainian census of 2001, Ukraine's population was 48.457 million people.

As reported, the Ukrainian government is planning to conduct the population census in 2012. The population census, according to UN rules, is held once in ten years. The first national census was conducted in 2001, and, therefore, the next one was planned for 2011. However, due to the lack of funds, it was transferred first for an indefinite period and only recently the government approved a new date for conducting the census - 2012.

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