UK suppliers send $100m of key equipment including drones to Russia

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UK suppliers exported critical components, including semiconductors and drones, worth more than $100 million to Russia in the first ten months of last year.

About $15 million worth of the goods were supplied to Russia directly from UK warehouses.

The figure represents a dramatic curtailment in trade between Russia and the UK compared with 2022 when critical components worth about $770 million were exported. But British technology is still finding its way to Russia’s military, often indirectly through foreign third parties, nearly two years after the full-scale invasion of Ukraine began.

Pro-Russian troops drive a tank in the Luhansk region of Ukraine. Chips made by a UK semiconductor manufacturer were found in a tank abandoned near Kyiv

ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO/REUTERS

The figures were produced by the Kyiv School of Economics and the Yermak-McFaul international working group on Russian sanctions, which based its research on dismantled Russian weapons found in Ukraine, including a Kinzhal

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