The history of the independent Ukrainian army can be divided into the periods "before 2014" and "after 2014".
The “before” is a period of peacekeeping operations and very slow development. The “after” is a period of war and the need to develop fast in the quite unsuitable conditions.
Nevertheless, we can say it was a high pace of development of the Armed Forces. At least, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko believes it:
"An independent agency that annually evaluates the world's armies included the Ukrainian army in the top 10 of the strongest armies in Europe and in the top 30 of the strongest armies in the world ... The enemy must pay a high price for the attack, for the aggression against Ukraine. We have someone to defend the state and we have something to defend it with, " he said in November during the meeting with the students in Kyiv.
The data belongs to the Business Insider ranking.
According to the agency, Ukraine’s military budget is $4,88 billion. Tha army comprises of 1.1 million people of personnel, 2,214 tanks, 240 warplanes and 25 naval vessels – all these made Ukraine reach the 10th place in the rating.
In September this year, Poroshenko said the death toll of the Ukrainian servicemen since the outbreak of hostilities in Donbas was almost 3,000.
Such are the intermediate results, with which the Ukrainian Armed Forces meet their 27th anniversary. Now let's learn a little more about the holiday itself.
It is celebrated annually on December 6. This date was timed to the adoption of several significant laws by the Parliament in 1991 (“On Defense of Ukraine” and “On the Armed Forces of Ukraine”).
This day first appeared in the official calendar of Ukrainian holidays in 1993.
All service branches, the Ground Forces, the Air Force and the Navy, mark the date.
The Armed Forces Day is not an official holiday, unlike the Day of Defender of Ukraine, marked on October 14.
Traditionally, people lay flowers at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and hold a liturgy.
On this day, the prominent soldiers and officers are awarded.
The tasks include the protection of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, ensuring the security of its citizens.
Soldiers of the Armed Forces also regularly participate in international military operations, including those under the auspices of the UN.
According to the law, the Ukrainian army has 250,000 people in service.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces are aiming for the rapprochement with NATO and the standards of the Alliance. This is to be done by 2020.
At the end of November, the Verkhovna Rada tentatively supported the amendments to the Constitution regarding the foreign policy of Ukraine, providing for a course towards entry into the European Union and NATO.