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Country: United Kingdom (GB) Ukraine (UA)
Capital: London Kiev
Population: 65 110 000 44 429 471
Area: 242 495 km2 603 500 km2
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Military expenditures

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Military budget: 58,6 billion $ 3 billion $
Percent of GDP: 2% 3%

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Manpower

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Active personnel: 156 940 200 000
Reserve personnel: 75 110 1 000 000
Available for military: 14 856 917 11 149 646

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Land Forces

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Tanks: 407 2 045
Armoured fighting vehicles: 4 673 6 127
Total artillery: 532 3 973
Self-propelled artillery: 117 1 236
Rocket artillery: 50 693

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Air Forces

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Total aircraft: 888 425
Fighter aircraft: 141 39
Multirole aircraf: 91 0
Attack aircraft: 0 25
Helicopters: 386 243

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Navy

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Total naval: 76 40
Aircraftcarriers: 1 0
Destroyers: 6 0
Frigates: 13 1
Corvettes: 0 1
Submarines: 11 0

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Nuclear weapons

United Kingdom

Third out of fifth nuclear-weapon states that are under the NPT, the treaty of the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The first successful test in the nuclear history of Great Britain occurred in October 1952, three years after Russia’s first successful attempt. “Hurricane”, which was the codename for the test assumed the use of 3 megaton bomb, which was dropped in Australia. The UK itself did not have many tests after that. Comparing to a thousand and hundreds of tests by Americans and Russians, the Brits made only 45 tests of nuclear arsenal.

We should remember about the fact that United Kingdom was in a strict cooperation with United States at the very beginning. It means that we cannot forget about the tremendous help the Americans received from the British government and men of science while developing their first nuclear bomb. Unfortunately, all the data that USA could not be sent back to the UK, since the cooperation has ended prematurely. This was one of the reasons why UK developed their first nuclear weapon so late. At this moment, they possess 215 warheads in total, out of which 120 is deployed and completely operational.

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

United Kingdom

16-33 years of age (officers 17-28) for voluntary military service (with parental consent under 18); no conscription; women serve in military services, but are excluded from ground combat positions and some naval postings; must be citizen of the UK, Commonwealth, or Republic of Ireland; reservists serve a minimum of 3 years, to age 45 or 55; 17 years 6 months of age for voluntary military service by Nepalese citizens in the Brigade of Gurkhas; 16-34 years of age for voluntary military service by Papua New Guinean citizens.

Ukraine

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