What are the main differences between the military forces of Russia and Ukraine? Despite having only two-thirds the size of Ukraine, Russia is still far superior in terms of size. The Russian Air Force boasts more than 4,100 aircraft, including 772 fighter aircraft. In addition to aircraft, Russia also boasts more than 12,500 tanks and 30,000 armored vehicles, including 58 submarines. By contrast, Ukraine has only three18 aircraft, while Russia has over four hundred and fifty warplanes.
While Russia’s military has been increasing its presence near Ukraine’s border, it has also been building up a large military presence along the border. Russia has argued that it has a greater interest in maintaining peace in the region than in destabilizing the situation. It has sent peacekeeping forces and troops into the region to counteract Ukraine’s insurrection. Experts say this is just the beginning of a larger conflict.
Regardless of who is at fault, the Ukrainian government is not a Nazi regime, and is not being manipulated by the far right. In fact, Zelenskyy is Jewish, and his grandfather fought against the Nazi army. Putin has even used the comparison to justify the recent recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, which are located in eastern Ukraine. While the official death toll of these two nations is far higher than those of Ukraine, experts warn against interpreting these figures as a sign of a war crime.
US officials acknowledge that the intentions of Russia are unclear, but point to Russia’s past behavior as a reason for concern. Biden also pledged to make an attack on Ukraine more difficult for Moscow. In addition, the US President has warned Russia that if it attacks Ukraine, it will face the consequences of economic sanctions and political isolation. The US president did not deploy any troops to Ukraine to fight Russian aggression. It is unclear how these measures will play out in practice, but the US government is doing everything possible to prevent a war.