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Country: Ukraine (UA) North Korea (KP)
Capital: Kiev Pyongyang
Population: 44 429 471 24 895 000
Area: 603 500 km2 120 540 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 3 billion $ 15 billion $
Percent of GDP: 3% 20,8%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 200 000 1 190 000
Reserve personnel: 1 000 000 600 000
Available for military: 11 149 646 6 515 279

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 2 045 6 000
Armoured fighting vehicles: 6 127 4 000
Total artillery: 3 973 13 000
Self-propelled artillery: 1 236 4 500
Rocket artillery: 693 5 000

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 425 906
Fighter aircraft: 39 349
Multirole aircraf: 0 35
Attack aircraft: 25 154
Helicopters: 243 202

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Navy

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Total naval: 40 525
Aircraftcarriers: 0 0
Destroyers: 0 0
Frigates: 1 6
Corvettes: 1 6
Submarines: 0 75

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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.

North Korea

Although at the beginning North Korea joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, they withdrew from it on January 2003. It was a consequence of the United States accusation. The USA government claimed that North Korea was unofficially funding a program of uranium enrichment. Because of that, they cancelled the 1994 Agreed Framework treaty and cut off the energy assistance. Two years after withdrawing, the officials from North Korea claimed that they own operational nuclear arsenal. In spite of North Koreans assurances, the United States did not believe that North Korea really posses such weapons. As a result, the government of North Korea decided to conduct tests.

There were three tests that North Korea initially conducted. The first one, with the yield of less than a kiloton, took place in 2006. However, to show that this was in fact a nuclear detonation, North Koreans conducted second and third tests, respectable in 2009 and 2013. The maximum power of the blast of the aforementioned tests can be estimated to be up to 40 kilotons. However, a lot of sources claim that yield did not surpass 10-15 kilotons. Noteworthy is also the fact that in 2016, North Korea announced that they have conducted their first hydrogen-bomb test.

Military service

Ukraine

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

North Korea

18 is presumed to be the legal minimum age for compulsory military service; 16-17 is the presumed legal minimum age for voluntary service.