The legacy of the Union, Ukraine inherited the third-fighting capacity of the Armed Forces (AF) in Europe, including stationed on its territory, most of the fighting strength of the Soviet Air Force, which includes a strategic long-range aviation (YES) transport aircraft, a fleet of refueling tankers and other air bases have been deployed on the Tu-160, Tu-95MS-the-art MiG-29 and Su-27. All this was hers. Currently, a considerable portion of the aircraft fleet of the country actively is sold, the rest is in storage. According to experts, the same pattern and with military aircraft, including virtually the entire fleet of attack helicopters Mi-8 and Mi-24 that do not use, just holding the stock, as well as Many older types of helicopters – Mi-2, the Mi-6, and others unfit for use. In 1995, between Russia and Ukraine reached agreement in principle on the transfer of Russian Ukrainian side, lost the status of a nuclear Powers entire strategic aviation, ie 19 units. Tu-160 and 27 units. Tu-95MS. However, only in 2000, according to media reports, Ukraine has transferred a total of 12 submarines and ammunition valued at about $ 300 million in debt through a set Russian side energy.
Such a move has been a buyer due to a number of serious causes of poor technical condition of vehicles, excessive cost, etc. The remaining vehicles with a light hand puppet Mode went under the knife in consultation with Washington masters. The military leadership promises to end the 2010 'rozbudovu' armed forces, allocating the quota is steadily declining personnel and 300 thousand and 60 thousand of them will be civil staff.