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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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Netherlands is a country located in Western Europe with an area of 41,543 km2 (land boundries: 1,053 km and costline 451 km). The capital of Netherlands is Amsterdam. The number of inhabitants is 17,469,635.

The Netherlands is a member of NATO and was one of the original 12 countries to sign the North Atlantic Treaty. Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg signed an agreement to conduct joint air policing of their territories in 2015. They trade responsibility for patrolling the skies over the three countries. The inventory of the Netherlands Armed Forces consists of a mix of domestically-produced and modern European and United States equipment. The Netherlands has an advanced domestic defense industry that focuses on armored vehicles, naval ships, and air defense systems

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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 10.4 billion $ 15.2 billion $
Percent of GDP: 6% 1.7%

Military budget

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Highest value in the world: 816 billion $ (USA)


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Active personnel: 700,000 41,199
Reserve personnel: 1,000,000 6,532
Available for military: 11,149,646 7,728,129


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Highest value in the world: 2,035,000 (China)

Land Forces

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Tanks: 1,462 18
Armoured fighting vehicles: 5,739 1,116
Total artillery: 3,636 75
Self-propelled artillery: 899 52
Rocket artillery: 693 0


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Highest value in the world: 12,267 (Russia)

Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 297 183
Fighter aircraft: 57 0
Multirole aircraft: 0 61
Attack aircraft: 27 0
Helicopters: 115 82
UCAV (combat drone): 12 4

Total aircraft

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


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Total naval: 53 144
Aircraftcarriers: 0 0
Destroyers: 0 4
Frigates: 1 2
Corvettes: 0 0
Submarines: 0 4

Total naval

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Highest value in the world: 967 (North Korea)

Nuclear weapons


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.


Netherlands participates in the NATO nuclear weapons sharing arrangements and trains for delivering United States nuclear warheads.

Military service


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


17 years of age for an all-volunteer force.