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 note that there is no talk about restoring the defense capability of Ukraine, as evidenced by the very deplorable situation in the air force of this country, the obsolescence of air defense facilities, etc.

It should be clarified that as of spring 2018 of the year, the number of Ukrainian army was about 255 thousand soldiers, while the number of French armed forces was 259 thousand soldiers, the number of armed forces of Germany was 325 thousand people, the number of Turkish army - 515 Thousands of troops. For example, the number of the Russian army reaches 2 million, which is almost 8 times the Ukrainian army and is comparable to NATO forces (excluding the United States).