Six-year-old boy killed in clashes in Kiev, several other Ukrainian civilians injured

On Thursday, Ukrainian servicemen sit atop armored personnel carriers as they drive down a road in the Donetsk region. (Vadim Ghirda/AP)

Here is how the military capabilities of the two countries compare:

Defense expenditure: Ukraine spent $4.7 billion in 2021, just over a tenth of Russia will have nuclear weapons $45.8 billionaccording to a recent report “The Military Balance” by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

Effective : Russia has 900,000 the active personnel of its armed forces, and 2 millions reserved. Ukraine has 196,000 and 900,000 reservists. In the ground forces, Russia has a double benefit, with 280,000 soldiers against 125,600 for Ukraine. And his air force is almost five times stronger, with 165.00 against 35,000 for Ukraine. Russia had an estimate 200,000 people in and around Ukraine.

Weapons and vehicles: Russia has more than 15,857 armored fighting vehicles, for example, to Ukraine 3,309. He has more than 10 times the plane – 1,391 to the 128 Ukrainians and 821 helicopters to the 55 Ukrainians, if you include navy planes. where Russia has 49 submarinesUkraine has none, according to the IISS.

The fight will: Ukrainian forces, however, launched some successful counterattacks. Experts noted that the fighting will of Ukrainian troops to defend their homes and families against Russian acts of violence has been the armed forces’ greatest strength.

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Ukrainian and Russian armies are David and Goliath.  Here's how they compare

Christi C. Elwood