Zelenskiy says Russia is evading sanctions on weapons

Unnamed countries and companies are helping Russia acquire technology with the emphasis on producing missiles, Ukrainian president says

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said: 'Unfortunately, the terrorist state manages to use the technologies of the world through a network of suppliers, manages to bypass international sanctions.' Photograph: Louise Delmotte/AP Photo/Bloomberg

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Sunday said that Russia was using a network of suppliers to evade international sanctions designed to prevent it from making missiles and other weapons.

In a video address, Zelenskiy said unnamed countries and companies were helping Russia acquire technology with the emphasis on producing missiles. Russia has launched hundreds of missiles against Ukrainian targets since last October.

“Unfortunately, the terrorist state manages to use the technologies of the world through a network of suppliers, manages to bypass international sanctions,” Zelenskiy said.

Ukraine, Zelenskiy added, was well aware of all of Russia’s efforts to evade sanctions and will seek to ensure that “there are no products of the free world in Russian missiles”.

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In April, a senior Zelenskiy aide said Ukrainian forces were finding a growing number of components from China in Russian weapons used in Ukraine as western supplies are squeezed by sanctions. China has denied sending military equipment to Russia.

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