Ukrainian (українська мова [ukrɑˈjiɲsʲkɐ ˈmɔwɐ]) is an East Slavic language closely related to Russian, Belarusian and Rusyn. It is the official language of Ukraine, and the common language of most Ukrainians. It is also one of the three official language of the largely unrecognised Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, commonly known as Transnistria. Ukrainian is written in the Cyrillic script.A large Ukrainian minority lives in Russia and Moldova. Large diaspora communities also live in the U.S. and Canada.