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The Kh-101 missile, which the Russian Federation used to hit Okhmatdyt, has Western components

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul10,2024

X-101 missile, which the Russian Federation used to hit Okhmatdyt, has Western components

The Russian X-101 missile, which destroyed the Okhmatdyt hospital in Kyiv on July 8, was manufactured using Western components. This testifies to the Kremlin's successful evasion of sanctions, writes the Financial Times.

According to the analysis of the Office of the President of Ukraine, provided by the FT, the X-101 missile may contain more than 50 different parts of foreign production.

The Kh-101 is one of Russia's most advanced cruise missiles. The aggressor country increased the production of this weapon eight times — from 56 missiles per year to a full-scale invasion to 420 missiles in 2023.

X-101 missile, with which the Russian Federation hit Ohmatditu, has Western components

During production the Russian Federation cannot procure Western components for weapons directly, but it can use foreign microprocessors and other advanced technologies that are not intended for military use.

"Western technology allows them to create smarter missiles that enable their terrorist attacks to overcome our weak air defenses", — said Olena Belousova, head of sanctions research at the KSE Institute.

At the same time, civilian components do not have the stability and protection that military electronics are famous for. This may be the reason for the inaccuracy of Russian missiles, writes FT. According to estimates of American experts, the failure rate of Russian cruise missiles can reach 20%, because contraband components provide inaccurate guidance, do not cope with difficulties of subsonic flight, or completely exclude the possibility of launch.

Currently there is no evidence that&nbsp Some major suppliers have violated the sanctions, but components may be resold by non-compliant buyers, according to the material.

Analysts are also convinced that the Kh-101 missile was purposefully launched at the Okhmatdyt hospital and was not damaged or shot down by Ukrainian air defense. There is no visible damage to the fuselage of the missile. The exhaust looks exactly as it should. The rocket does not overturn, it flies in a controlled trajectory. It's more like a targeted attack on a target, and not an accident, — said Fabian Hoffmann, a PhD student at the University of Oslo.

Pavel Luzin, a researcher at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, is also sure that Russian missiles  «almost always fly where they are aimed by the Russians. military”. If the missile hit the hospital, it means that the occupiers aimed at the hospital, he said.

According to data from the sanctions expert of the President's Office, Vladyslav Vlasyuk, Volodymyr Zelenskyi will raise the issue of Western components in Russian missiles on&nbsp NATO summit, which takes place from July 9 to 11 July in Washington.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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