“Euromaidanpress” published an article “How Germany’s industrial giants help Russia manufacture weapons of war” by Anton Mykytiuk, a member of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine Civil Oversight Council and an expert at the Economic Security Council of Ukraine.
“Despite sanctions, German companies Walter, Schunk, and Kemmler continue to operate in Russia. This gives desperate Moscow much-needed access to modern technologies and feeds Putin’s destructive war in Ukraine, helping it keep servicing and producing airplanes, missiles, and tanks”, A. Mykytiuk writes.
Here are excerpts from the article:
1. Walter: a German metalworking company supplying equipment to Russian defense giants.
Germany’s Walter AG is considered one of the world’s leading metalworking companies and offers an extensive range of products in demand all over the world.
Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the company has not issued a statement regarding the termination of its activities in Russia, and Russian businesses continue to procure their equipment through domestic tenders.
Most organizations that use Walter’s equipment are owned by defense giants like Almaz-Antey, Rostec, Rosatom, and Roskosmos. The majority of these companies are under EU and US sanctions.
2. Schunk: metal processing for Russia’s sanctioned aviation plants.
But that is not all. Russia’s MIC relies on another German company for its equipment. Its name is Schunk GmbH & Co. KG.
Schunk is a metal processing manufacturer. It has 34 subsidiaries and trading partners in more than 50 countries around the world.
All these manufacturers are owned by Almaz-Antey, Rostec, Rosatom, as well as other Russian state-owned enterprises currently sanctioned by the EU and US.
3. Kemmler: a German tools company helping Russia maintain its nuclear shield.
The German company Kemmler GmbH is also currently supporting the Russian military complex. It manufactures innovative and high-precision machine tools and specializes in tooling production for lathes and milling machines.
The company does not have an official representative office in Russia, but it operates in the Russian market through an extensive supplier network.
Complicity in Russian war crimes.
All foreign companies supplying or servicing Russian equipment should understand one important thing. External support and imported hardware permit Russian military factories to continue to manufacture and service military equipment used in the war on Ukraine, its cities, and its people.
Allowing Russian invaders to continue using their equipment is identical to helping Russia commit war crimes. All foreign companies must immediately stop supplying equipment and providing service support to Russian businesses.
On the photo: Air defense systems produced by Russia’s key weapons manufacturer Almaz Antey, like these S-400, are manufactured thanks to presence of German companies on the Russian market. Photo: Alekesi Malgavko/RIA Novosti
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Rheinmetall repaired 16 Marder infantry fighting vehicles for Ukraine, but the company cannot obtain a license to send them to a potential recipient — ARD
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