Against the backdrop of success in the war with Russia and the help of Western countries, the army of Ukraine was in 15th place among the strongest in the world.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU) have risen from 22nd to 15th place in the ranking of the most powerful armies in the world according to Global Firepower (GFP). In the 2023 ranking, Ukraine outperformed the armies of Iran, Israel, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Taiwan and Germany.
The GFP has been ranking regularly since 2006 based on countries’ current firepower. In total, experts take into account 60 factors, including the size of the armed forces and their equipment, the financial capabilities of the country, the length of its borders, transport links, and others. At the same time, experts do not take into account the presence of nuclear weapons in the rating.
Ukraine rose in the rankings in 2022 due to the rebuff that the Armed Forces of Ukraine were able to give to Russia, as well as due to financial and material support from the West, GFP experts wrote. This could be a critical year for Ukraine, as they could be affected by the severity of a protracted war with a larger neighboring power, the experts added.
Russia, despite obvious failures in the war with Ukraine, remained in second place in the GFP ranking. At the same time, the company’s experts note that the war revealed the key limitations of Russia’s military potential. Although Russia has a clear advantage over Ukraine in terms of army size and financial capabilities, the country has shown problems with the preparation of leadership, training of military personnel and their supply.
Although Russia has retained the title of the world’s second army, China, which is in third place, may soon overtake it, GFP experts say.
Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24. In the first months, Russia captured 20% of the territory of Ukraine, or 125 thousand square kilometers, estimated the Ukrainian Forbes. However, in autumn, the Armed Forces of Ukraine carried out a successful counter-offensive, as a result of which Russia lost control over the Kharkiv region and surrendered Kherson, a little over a month after its annexation.
By the end of the year, the APU was released almost half of the territories occupied by Russia – more than 60 thousand square kilometers, follows from the calculations of Important Stories. As of November 24, Russia controlled about 65 thousand square kilometers of Zaporozhye, Kherson, Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine.