A senior adviser in the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky revealed that Ukrainian forces are finding more Chinese-made components with Russian-made weapons used in his country’s war, as Western components are constrained by sanctions retreat.
Vladislav Vlasyuk, who advises the chief of staff on sanctions policies, said: “We continue to find different electronics in the weapons we obtained from the battlefield.”
“The general trend now is a decline in Western-made components but with an increase in components from a country, it’s not hard to guess. It’s China, of course.”
It is noteworthy that China has repeatedly denied sending military equipment to Moscow since the start of the Russian military operation in Ukraine on February 24, 2022.
According to information gathered by Ukrainian experts from the battlefield and seen by Reuters, there are Chinese components with the navigation system in Orlan drones, which previously used a Swiss system.
Recently leaked U.S. military documents also revealed that China agreed to “provide lethal weapons” to Russia in its military operation in Ukraine earlier this year, and planned to hide military equipment as civilian items.
The leaked information showed that Russia’s foreign intelligence service reported that China’s Central Military Commission “approved the additional supply” of weapons and wanted to keep them secret, according to the Washington Post.
The information came in a U.S. intelligence document subtitled “Beijing Approves Clandestine Shipments of Lethal Aid to Russia.”