It’s a tough time to be Ukraine’s Motor Sich.
As one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of helicopter and airplane engines, its strategic importance to countries like the United States, Russia, China and India is inescapable.
The aerospace company’s recent plans to sell a majority stake to Chinese investors has sparked controversy and drawn the ire of everyone from Ukraine’s courts and its intelligence agencies, to the Trump administration.
In July 2019, the Security Service of Ukraine opened a probe into Motor Sich over its links to certain Russian actors. The agency alleged that some of the company’s executives, particularly those in charge of one of its factories in war-torn Donbas, had “financed terrorism” by making illegal payments to Russian-backed forces there.
“The plant also provided its commodities for free to the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, which were later used to finance the insurgents,” alleged the SBU, referring to the unrecognised pseudo-state proclaimed by pro-Russia militants. Read More