Ukrainian is the official state language of the Ukraine. However, Russian is still predominantly used in southern, eastern and central regions of the country, particularly by the media. The Ukrainian language is fairly similar to Belarusian, but also to Serbo-Croatian, Polish, Russian and Slovak. Several regional Ukrainian dialects exist as well.
Ethnic Ukrainians make up more than three quarters of the approximately 45 million inhabitants. Other significant ethnic groups are Belarusians, Russians, Crimean Tatars, Moldovans, Hungarians, Bulgarians, Poles, Romanians, Armenians, Jews, Tatars and Greeks. Two-thirds of the population lives in urban areas, with the industrial regions in the east and southeast being the most heavily populated.
Chemicals, ferrous and nonferrous metals, fuel and petroleum products, machinery, food products and transport equipment are the main exports from the Ukraine. The country is seeing a lot of financial gain from exports. The Ukraine makes use of the mineral, agricultural and industrial resources present within the country. The items that are mostly imported include automobiles, transportation equipment, chemicals, minerals, and textiles