Russia declared war on Ukraine on Thursday morning, with explosions beginning around Kyiv shortly after 5 am.
Blasts were also heard in Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, and the Black Sea ports of Odessa and Mariupol, where Russian troops have landed.
At least 40 Ukrainian soldiers and a child have been killed as of midday on Thursday, with many more civilians wounded.
President Volodymyr Zelensky issued a call to arms to Ukrainians, telling the nation’s citizens: “We are defending our country, we fight for our country and we protect our country.
“We will give weapons to anyone who wants to defend the country. Be ready to support Ukraine in the squares of our cities.”
Russia vs Ukraine World War III: Who Is The Most Powerful Country? Russia or Ukraine?
Putin had been conveying a gigantic stockpile of rockets and rockets along the Ukraine line for a really long time. Russia is a world chief with regard to missile technology.
It can utilize its rockets to weaken Ukraine’s air safeguard frameworks as its property powers move in, catch significant establishments like ports and air terminals, and overpower Ukraine’s forces and infrastructure.
While western European countries have contributed military hardware to Ukraine in the new past, the country’s tactical capacities fail to measure up to Russia’s, which has among the mightiest military on the planet.
As indicated by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which tracks worldwide arms exchange, at US$ 61.7 billion, Russia’s tactical use in 2020 was more than ten times of US$5.9 billion that Ukraine spent.
In a head-to-head comparison of the military capabilities of the two nations, Russia outnumbers Ukraine in almost every aspect.
According to Global Fire Power, which has been analyzing the military capabilities of countries across the world since 2006, while Russia is the second most powerful country militarily, Ukraine is ranked 22 out of 140 nations.
Russia has nearly 850,000 active personnel, which is more than three times 250,000 for Ukraine. In terms of airpower, Russia has more than 4,100 aircraft, with 772 fighters, while Ukraine only has 318 total aircraft, with just 69 fighter aircraft.
Similarly, in terms of ground forces, Russia has around 12,500 tanks and more than 30,000 armored vehicles, while Ukraine only has around 2,600 tanks and 12,000 armored vehicles.
While Russia has around 14,000 towed and self-propelled artillery guns, Ukraine’s total number is just over 3,000.
Although navies are unlikely to make any direct contact in this conflict, still, Russia has more than 600 naval vessels, including one aircraft carrier, compared to the total 38 naval vessels with Ukraine.
For stealth capabilities in the sea, Russia has 70 submarines, to zero for Ukraine.