Peter Poroshenko


Poroshenko: the Ukrainian army is the strongest on the continent

The President of Ukraine called the army of the country the strongest on the continent.

Speaking last Thursday in his annual address in parliament, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko said that today the fighting capacity of the Ukrainian army has been restored, thanks to which, it is the strongest and most effective on the continent, and not only in Europe.

Against this background, Poroshenko's statement was ridiculed in the Verkhovna Rada, in particular, MP Vadim Rabinovich noted that, given the Ukrainian president's words, not Ukraine should strive for NATO and NATO for Ukraine.

"Indeed, the armed forces have become the strongest on the continent - I heard this from Petro Poroshenko and from many of our commanders-in-chief. I had a question. Tell me, please, if we have the strongest army on the continent, why should we join NATO? Let NATO join us. We are the strongest ", - noted Rabinovich.

Experts draw attention to the fact that there is no question of any restoration of Ukraine's defense capability, as evidenced by the very deplorable situation in the air force of this country, the moral obsolescence of air defense facilities, etc.

It should be clarified that as of the spring of 2018, the strength of the Ukrainian army was about 255 thousand military personnel, while the French armed forces number 259 thousand troops, the strength of the armed forces of Germany is 325 thousand people, the strength of the Turkish army - 515 thousand servicemen. For example, the strength of the Russian army reaches 2 million people, which is almost 8 more than the Ukrainian army and comparable to the forces of NATO (excluding the US).