Military Strength: Russia Vs Ukraine


Russia Vs Ukraine

Here is the military strength between Russia and Ukraine.

Who is stronger between Russia or Ukraine?

If Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, is to be believed, his country is like a David fighting a Goliath.

According to Zelensky, the military capabilities of Russia and Ukraine are so imbalanced that he needs outside help to fend off the ongoing Russian invasion of his country.

On Friday, he implored his Western allies to do more than impose sanctions to get Russian troops off Ukrainian soil.

Russian President Vladimir Putin had deployed troops into two Russian-backed breakaway regions in Ukraine on Monday night.

This followed tensions caused by NATO refusing to ban Ukraine from joining the alliance, a decision Putin vehemently opposed.

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In terms of population, Russia with over 146 million clearly outnumbers Ukraine which has just over 46 million people.

But which countries’ military is stronger?

Here’s how the two countries’ military capabilities compare, according to

* Ground forces

There is a plain imbalance between the two nations’ military capabilities across the board.

In-ground forces, Russia has been claimed to have about 850,000 active personnel, whereas Ukraine houses an army of just 200,000.

The number of Russian tanks equates to 12,420 compared with Ukraine’s 2,596.

Russia has 2.5 times the amount of armoured vehicles than Ukraine, with a grand total of 30,122, while Ukraine comes in with a much lower 12,303.

* Air Forces

Russia’s total aircraft equates to 4,173 with 772 fighter jets and 544 attack helicopters. Ukraine’s total aircraft equates to 318, with 69 fighter jets and just 34 attack helicopters.

* Naval Forces

Russia possesses 605 naval fleets, including 11 frigates and 15 destroyers, outnumbering Ukraine, which boasts just 38 in the naval fleet, including one frigate, and no destroyers.

Destroyers can escort larger vessels in a fleet, convoy, or battle group, and defend them against short-range attackers.
Frigates are typically long and low warships that are used as escort vessels, and destroyer warships tend to be much bigger and more powerful.

Over the past few weeks, Russia staged up to 190,000 of its military personnel around Ukraine borders, of which a portion has now been deployed into two areas which Putin recognised as Russian rebel-held regions in Eastern Ukraine.

NATO is supplying Ukraine with what its Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has described as “strong political support”.