China is supplying Russia with weaponry and kamikaze “bomber” drones which carry 20Kg missiles and Moscow are in discussions with Beijing for mass production of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
China has been accused of sending assault rifles, drones and body armour to Russia, but the Chinese embassy in Washington said that Beijing is “not a party to the crisis and has not provided weapons to either side of the conflict.”
Ukrainian forces have shot down a Chinese “bomber” drone in the east of the country and the low-flying Mugin-5 drone was carrying a 20Kg bomb near to Sloviansk in the Donetsk region.
Ukrainian security service (SBU) told CNN that their spies based in Russia had warned them that the drone had been launched.
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The SBU alerted military units in the region and the Chinese drone was shot down with a AK-47 assault rifle by members of the 111th Brigade of the Territorial Defence Forces of Ukraine.
A territorial defence fighter, Maksim said, “From the sound, from the signal light, the troops fired a lot at it and knocked down the UAV.”
Chinese-made drone, retrofitted and weaponized, downed in eastern Ukraine. The drone was a Mugin-5, a commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made by a Chinese manufacturer based in the port city of Xiamen, on China’s eastern coast. – CNN https://t.co/wkf9At3ODu pic.twitter.com/4dljLrXbLa
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Chris Lincoln-Jones, a retired British Army officer and specialist in drone warfare said, “This particular drone that we’ve been looking at would be much more effective if it had a decent camera in it.”
“This seems to be a very crude, unsophisticated, not very technologically advanced way of conducting operations.”
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Customs data from ImportGenius have said that documentation proves that there has been a series of shipments from a company connected to the Chinese government that between June and December 2022 for military purposes.
Data obtained from Politico shows state-owned defence contractors, China North Industries Group Corporation Limited had sent around 1,000 rifles in June 2022 to Russian firm Tekhkrim.
Tekhkrim is a company that deals with the Russian state and the military.