In the heart of Kyiv, at the Kyiv Scientific Research Institute of Forensic Expertise, a team of dedicated experts meticulously analyzes the remnants of missiles, uncovering evidence that despite stringent sanctions, Russia persists in employing imported components to wage attacks on Ukraine.
The institute’s courtyard showcases an array of missiles, shells, and drones, each laden with the telltale signs of global origins, even under a dusting of snow.
Within metal-walled cabins, former military engineers, now researchers, employ microscopes, screwdrivers, and computers to scrutinize wreckage from recent attacks. Despite Russia’s technology import sanctions, these experts have successfully identified components sourced from around the world. Notably, a Russian drone carburettor labeled “Made in Ireland” and Japanese camera lenses extracted from a Russian Kartograf reconnaissance drone were presented to AFP journalists.
Oleksiy, an expert at the institute, dismissed Russia’s attempts to erase foreign markings from components, emphasizing the futility of such efforts. Russia’s reliance on imported microelectronics and high-tech components is attributed to inadequate domestic production of requisite quality, prompting them to seek materials from over 30 countries, as revealed by the Ukrainian government’s War & Sanctions database.
Highlighting the urgency of maintaining constant pressure on Russia to curb the acquisition of microelectronics intended for civilian use, the institute’s experts pointed to countries such as China, Kazakhstan, and Turkey involved in the trade. Concerns raised by a recent report from Kyiv’s KSE Institute and the Yermak-McFaul international working group underscored that Russia persists in importing goods crucial for military production.
As the international community grapples with these revelations, the head of the military research laboratory, Andriy Kulchitskyi, expressed concerns about a deterioration in the quality of Russian missiles. Despite possessing the necessary components, he noted a decline in precision during recent missile barrages on Ukrainian cities, suggesting potential production issues within the Russian industry. The institute’s experts, often at the scene of missile attacks, emphasized the need for ongoing scrutiny, as their findings are crucial for legal investigations, including those related to war crimes involving civilian casualties.