Indigenous Peoples in Ukraine You May Have Never Heard About


Most people know Ukraine only for two indigenous peoples – Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars. But there are three more unique autochthonous nations you may have never heard of. UkraineWorld prepared an article about them.

Ukraine is a multinational country. According to the latest all-Ukrainian population census data, representatives of more than 130 nationalities and ethnic groups reside in Ukraine. The indigenous peoples are Ukrainians (77.8%), Crimean Tatars (0.5%), Karaites (>0.1%), Krymchaks (>0.1%) — the last three originated in the Crimean peninsula, and Gagauzes (0.1%) originated in Odesa Region.

The other ethnic groups in Ukraine are national minorities. That is, the diaspora of nations who have their own ethnic homeland or national formations outside of Ukraine. For example, nowadays, many Belarusians live in the northern regions of Ukraine; Hungarians, Romanians, and Poles live in the west; Crimean Tatars, Bulgarians, and Moldovans live in the southern and central regions, Russians live in the east, etc.

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