The Russian defence industry continues to receive Western components to produce weapons that are used to terrorise the civilian population of Ukraine. In particular, dozens of such components are used in Kalibr cruise missiles.

This was stated by Andriy Yermak, the head of the President’s Office, commenting on the Russian attack on Odesa.

“Odesa. The Russians shelled the city with Kalibr missiles. Civilians were killed. Each of these missiles has at least 40 foreign components. Without microelectronics, Russia will not be able to produce them. Sanctions must be strengthened, in particular, against those who help the terrorist state to obtain components for weapons,” the official said.

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As a reminder, at the end of February, a joint report by the International Partnership for Human Rights (IHPR) and the Independent Anti-Corruption Commission (NAKO) noted that despite the sanctions, some companies continue to supply Russia with dual-use components that are then used for weapons.

According to NAKO data, the Russian Kalibr cruise missile includes components produced by 11 foreign companies, including nine American as well as Swiss and Taiwanese.

The report emphasised that existing regulations and enforcements aiming to cut Russia’s access to Western dual-use technology are insufficient as Western companies continue to produce and supply the components needed by the Kremlin.

Bohdan Marusyak

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