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Ukraine is a country located in Eastern Europe with an area of 603,500 km2 (land boundries: 5,581 km and costline 2,782 km). The capital of Ukraine is Kiev. The number of inhabitants is 41,487,960.

During the 2008 Bucharest summit, NATO declared that Ukraine would eventually become a member of NATO when it meets the criteria for accession. In February 2022, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The Ukrainian military is equipped mostly with older Russian and Soviet-era weapons systems. Ukraine has a broad defense industry capable of building Soviet-era land systems and maintaining and upgrading Soviet-era combat aircraft, as well as missile and air defense systems.

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (North Atlantic Alliance) is an intergovernmental military alliance which was signed in Washington on 4 April 1949. NATO is a system of collective security: its independent member states agree to defend each other against attacks by others countries. NATO's main headquarters are located in Brussels. The following twelve states signed the treaty and became the founding members: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom and United States. The following states joined the treaty after 1949: Greece, Germany, Turkey and Spain. Members who joined after the dissolution of the Soviet Union: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro and North Macedonia.

Before and during the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, several NATO countries sent army to reinforce the alliance's eastern flank. Alliance had deployed 40,000 troops along its 2,500 kilometres long Eastern flank to deter possible Russian aggression. On 5 July the North Atlantic Alliance members signed off on the accession protocols for Sweden and Finland and formally approved the decisions of the NATO summit.

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 5.4 billion $ 1045.1 billion $
Percent of GDP: 3% 0%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 738 billion $ (USA)
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Manpower

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Active personnel: 255,000 3,157,548
Reserve personnel: 1,000,000 2,268,131
Available for military: 11,149,646 205,748,175

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Highest value in the world: 2,185,000 (China)
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Land Forces

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Tanks: 2,105 14,177
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6,990 84,843
Total artillery: 3,721 12,225
Self-propelled artillery: 1,047 4,288
Rocket artillery: 630 2,446

Tanks

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Highest value in the world: 12,270 (Russia)
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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 326 20,954
Fighter aircraft: 70 1,104
Multirole aircraf: 0 3,531
Attack aircraft: 29 742
Helicopters: 129 8,266
UCAV (combat drone): 12 550

Total aircraft

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Highest value in the world: 12,930 (USA)
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Navy

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Total naval: 63 1,726
Aircraftcarriers: 0 28
Destroyers: 0 119
Frigates: 1 113
Corvettes: 0 52
Submarines: 0 144

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Highest value in the world: 742 (China)
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Nuclear weapons

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.

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Military service

Ukraine

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

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