Bosch said its engine and transmission components for heavy-duty vehicles come with a "clear contractual requirement" to be used for civilian applications only when it comes to supplying Russian automotive customers.
"As a matter of principle, Bosch does not develop, manufacture or sell any weapons or any systems and components for military and defense use, nor does it conduct any military research and development as part of its global strategic orientation," it added. "We are, of course, complying and will continue to comply with all legal and statutory requirements, including sanctions."
On March 18, the deputy minister updated his post in response to Bosch's reaction to Russia's use of its products, noting the company has suspended its business in Russia.
German auto parts manufacturer ZF made its own LinkedIn post on the matter to condemn the war against Ukraine.
ZF also said it had "ceased all deliveries to Russia" about two weeks prior to its March 17 post.
"Our team expresses solidarity with the Ukrainian people and the innocent victims of this war," the company said, adding that it "acts with strict adherence to international sanctions and high ethical standards."
ZF noted its transmission products from its ZF Kama joint venture "are produced exclusively for civilian use" and that its halted deliveries to Russia include parts and spare parts.
"At least since 2014, our contracts exclude military use of our vehicle parts. To use a ZF product (made) for civilian applications for military purposes, one would have to deliberately falsify the documentation and misuse the part," the company said. "Where such illegal behavior is brought to our attention, we would have an immediate obligation to stop all further deliveries and inform the relevant authorities."
The company said it supports its Ukrainian employees by offering paid leave and evacuation aid to families. The company also launched "ZF helps" to collect donations to help Ukrainian refugees.
"ZF is a company that cherishes peace and rejects aggression and violence," the company concluded. "We hope for a peaceful resolution as soon as possible."