China has consistently supported Ukraine during its agony at the hands of Russian-supported separatists. One of the less-publicized reasons why is that China has relied heavily on Ukrainian firms to help modernize its military. For example, the active phased-array radar on board Chinese Type 052C destroyers was developed by a Ukrainian company. China’s main battle tank is essentially the current Ukrainian one. The firms involved are all located in the heavily industrialized area in which the Russian-backed forces are operating; it may even be that the Russians are targeting specific Ukrainian towns and companies. From Russian President Vladimir Putin’s point of view, the Ukrainian companies may be unwanted competitors with the military industrialists on whom he depends for much of his power. The white trucks supposedly carrying humanitarian aid into Ukraine from Russia were actually arriving to plunder Ukrainian factories of their modern machine tools. What the West may not want to sell to Putin, his forces can steal.
World Naval Developments - Spreading the Wealth
By Norman Friedman