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Country: France (FR) Ukraine (UA)
Capital: Paris Kiev
Population: 67,413,000 41,487,960
Area: 640,679 km2 603,500 km2
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Economy Comparison:

Military expenditures

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Military budget: 52.7 billion $ 5.4 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2.1% 3%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 270,000 255,000
Reserve personnel: 35,000 1,000,000
Available for military: 14,563,662 11,149,646

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 406 2,105
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6,463 6,990
Total artillery: 134 3,721
Self-propelled artillery: 109 1,047
Rocket artillery: 13 630

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 1,253 326
Fighter aircraft: 56 70
Multirole aircraf: 146 0
Attack aircraft: 86 29
Helicopters: 540 129
UCAV (combat drone): 12 12

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Navy

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Total naval: 111 63
Aircraftcarriers: 4 0
Destroyers: 11 0
Frigates: 11 1
Corvettes: 0 0
Submarines: 10 0

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Nuclear weapons

France

France managed to research and develop its own nuclear weapon in 1960. The test, known as, Gerboise Bleue, was the result of mostly French research. One of the main figures that played crucial role in the entire process of developing the bomb was General Pierre Marie Gallois. He was concerned that the Suez Crisis, which started in 1956, would show the world how insignificant France became, since out of all Great Powers in the world, they were the only one without possessing its own nuclear arsenal. The tests were conducted on the terrains of Sahara Desert.

At this moment France owns 300 nuclear warheads, out of which almost all are deployed. What is more, compared to Great Britain, they made more tests, approximately 210. Noteworthy is the fact that the development of the first nuclear bomb in France as well as its tests were a bit controversial. It was due to the fact that France allowed Israeli observers to attend the tests, providing them with almost unrestricted access to all the data. It was quite important, since Israel, together with United Kingdom and France, were trying to invade Egypt.

Ukraine

Although Ukraine has never produced its own nuclear weapon to this day, we should bear in mind that back in the days, Ukraine possessed approximately 5,000 nuclear weapons. This is all due to the fact that before 1991, Ukraine was a part of the Soviet Union. However, as a consequence of its dissolution, all the countries that were satellites or were forcefully attached to Soviet Union, received number of warheads. They were once the property of the Soviet Union. Nevertheless, after Ukraine became independent, they received everything that was the part of the USSR, even nuclear warheads. As a result of that, Ukraine became the third largest holder of nuclear weapons in the world.

Ukraine decided to get rid of these weapons quite quickly. Three years later, in 1994 that is, they joined Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. In 1996, all the warheads were moved and disassembled in Russia.

Military service

France

18-25 years of age for male and female voluntary military service; no conscription; 1-year service obligation; women serve in noncombat post.

Ukraine

18-27 years of age for compulsory military service; conscript service obligation is 18 months