| 3 March 2024, Sunday |

How powerful is the Russian military arsenal compared to the Ukrainian one?

For the 6th consecutive day, the Russian invasion on Ukraine continues. Russians have not yet been able to control the capital, Kyiv, despite the power of the Russian military arsenal over the Ukrainian one.

Here, we will position the two armies globally:

Russia has the second largest military after the United States. On the other hand, Ukraine ranks 22nd.

Despite this huge difference in strength, the Ukrainian army is still steadfast in the face of the massive Russian invasion.

Regarding the air force, Russia has about 4,200 warplanes and is currently using 772 combat aircraft, 739 attack aircraft, and 544 attack helicopters.

As for the Ukrainian army, it has only 318 warplanes.

By land, the Russians have about 12,000 tanks, compared to about 2,600 for the Ukrainians, as well as 30,000 Russian armored vehicles compared to 12,000 Ukrainian armored vehicles.

As for the rocket launchers, Russians have 3,400 launchers, compared to the 500 owned by the Ukrainian army.

As for the naval power, the Russians greatly outperform the Ukrainian ones.

The Ukrainian military has received a lot of aids to confront the Russian invasion, the most notable of which is $350 million provided by the United States, and includes new military and defense means, as well as 1,000 anti-tank missile launchers and 500 Stinger surface-to-air missiles supplied by Germany. Netherlands has provided 50 German-made anti-tank weapons to the Ukrainian army, as well as 200 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles. Belgium, announced its intention to send 2,000 automatic weapons, and 3,800 tons of fuel. This is in addition to military aid from France, the Czech Republic and other Western countries.

Major countries have imposed economic sanctions on Russia. The most dangerous sanctions were imposed by Germany, Britain, Italy, Canada, the United States, France and the European Commission who all agreed on tough new financial sanctions against Russia, mainly disconnecting some Russian banks from the SWIFT financial system.

If the 72 hours that Putin has set for occupying Kyiv are prolonged and he wasn’t able to achieve his goal until today, the longer the battle will be, and the more difficult the Russian position will become. Will we witness in the coming days a Russian withdrawal from Ukrainian lands, or will the Russian control  everything in order to achieve its goal?

  • Sawt Beirut International