In 2014, when Russian troops invaded Ukraine and unlawfully annexed Crimea, NATO was taken off guard by Moscow’s unexpected and unorthodox military assault. The international army alliance aims to avoid a repeat of Russia’s re-deployment of troops on the Ukrainian border. Both sides are trying to prevent a high-level armed battle between NATO and Russia, which would involve many of the world’s most formidable armed forces.
Nato vs. Russia and Allies power comparison
In regards to Russia’s relations with Ukraine, the Putin government is at conflict with its western adversaries. Early Thursday morning, Vladimir Putin announced an attack on Donbass and demanded that Ukraine lay down its armaments, but a war against Ukraine has already begun. As NATO partners, the United States, the United Kingdom, and other NATO countries have warned Russian President Vladimir Putin against continuing his expansionist actions that enraged the region in 2014.
Russia has roughly 900,000 military soldiers on active duty. Before the invasion, about 200,000 of them were stationed on the Ukrainian border. The Russian Navy has 74 warships and 51 submarines, and the army has almost 6,000 artillery pieces. In addition, the Russian military has access to over 20,000 armoured fighting vehicles and 13,300 tanks. Over 1,300 aircraft and 500 helicopters make up the Russian Air Force.
On Russian soil, there are around 500 rocket launchers that can be used for long-range conflict. On Wednesday, Russia’s president boasted about his hypersonic weapons, which travel at speeds above Mach 5. At the moment, there are no techniques to stop or intercept them. Some of them even travel at great speeds. For example, the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal air-launched ballistic missile is estimated to have a top speed of 7,600 miles per hour, or Mach 10.
Size of the Ukrainian army: how big is it?
The Russian army is significantly more powerful than the army of Ukraine. Ukraine is home to a fifth of Russia’s military personnel. Because the Ukrainian Navy has no submarines and only two warships, Russia’s maritime forces outweigh Ukraine’s by a large margin. On land, the Ukrainian army employs around 2,100 tanks, 2,870 armoured fighting vehicles, and 2,000 artillery pieces.
Russia’s air force has about a tenth of the planes and helicopters that the United States has. Russia’s defence budget is $154 billion, compared to $11.8 billion in Ukraine, illustrating the significant disparity between the two countries.
NATO vs Russia
NATO has condemned Russia’s strike on Ukraine as “reckless and unprovoked,” warning that Vladimir Putin has “chosen the path of confrontation” that puts civilians’ lives in jeopardy. “Despite our repeated warnings and communications to Russia,” said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, “Russia’s actions violate international law and weaken European security.”
“Russia must immediately cease its military assault and respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he says. He went on to say. His thoughts and prayers are with the people of Ukraine. Poland requested that NATO reinforce its eastern flank in response to the invasion. “NATO will do everything possible to safeguard and defend all of its friends.” Poland’s request for NATO to reinforce its eastern flank was published by Deutschland Welle. Our government expects decisions to be taken in this area.
Nato vs Russia: who will win?
In 2019, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) performed research that indicated that if British forces encountered Russia across Eastern Europe, they would be “hugely outnumbered.”
According to the RUSI, the British Army and its NATO allies are severely short on artillery and ammunition, making it difficult for them to hold a viable defensive posture if the Russians decide to go all-in.
RUSI warns that the United Kingdom is at risk of being dominated by forces at the bottom of the escalation ladder, factors that could lead to escalation.
Britain, on the other hand, would not have to battle Russia alone. According to Aleksandr Golts, a Russian military analyst for Deutsche Welle, the US has a significant conventional military superiority over Russia.
Felgenhauer acknowledged that the US has a military advantage, but cautioned that neither side could offer open warfare.
“Actually, Brazil should beat the Americans in soccer,” he stated, adding, “but I’ve seen the Americans beat Brazil in the Confederations Cup in South Africa.” Nobody knows what will happen until it happens.”