Russian military forces are far better equipped than their counterparts in Ukraine, whose government can barely afford to pay their soldiers' salaries.
Here is a look at the amount the two former Soviet nations spend each year on each member of their armed forces, compared with even bigger-spending militaries in the East and West, according to security affairs consultancy IHS Aerospace & Defense.
The totals are in U.S. dollars per year, per member of the armed forces.
—United States $381,306
—United Kingdom $330,810