32,600,000 in Ukraine (2003 UNSD). Ethnic population: 37,500,000 (2001 census). Total users in all countries: 34,605,200.
1 (National). Statutory national language (1996, Constitution, Article 10).
Northwest Ukrainian, Southwest Ukrainian, East Ukrainian. Dialect differences slight.
SVO; prepositions; noun head final; gender (masculine/feminine/neuter); no articles; case-marking (7 cases); verb affixes mark person, number; passives; tense and aspect; comparatives; 30 consonant and 6 vowel phonemes; non-tonal; free stress.
Cyrillic script [Cyrl].