This year Ukraine climbed the general militarization rating from the 23d in 2015 to the 15th place. The data of Global militarization index (GIM) developed by the Bonn International Conversion Center (BICC) say that. At the same time, Ukraine enters the top-10 most militarized countries in Europe, having the seventh rate. In total, 152 countries of the world are evaluated in this research.
Compared to the year 2013, the military expenditures of Ukraine increased from 3,3 billion dollars to 4,4 billion in 2015. A number of military men grew as well. It is forecast that expenditures in the defense sector will grow further.
The experts of the Center note that the annexation of Crimea by Russia and continued conflict in the East of Ukraine have an impact on the growth of militarization not only in Ukraine but the whole region of Eastern Europe. Army expenditures grew in such countries as Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Russia has the fifth rate.
The latest accessible data on the number of expenditures for the military sphere, number of the military men and heavy weapons are used for the index calculation.