I am expecting the same thing since the relationship between Ukraine & China is not that good due to the Ukraine government falls onto US or NATO. There must be a backup plan to the small engines used on this platform. Also, don't know if China needs Ukraine's permission to sell this plane to third country just like China needed Russia to give permission to sell JF-17 to Pakistan due the the use of Russia engine.I highly doubt China still rely 100% on Ukraine for L-15 engine import. This aircraft has officially enter full serial production, meaning large number of them need to enter service. China usually are sceptical of need to import foreign engine especially for military related products. They wouldn't mass produced something unless they have full control over it.
We all know the dirt situation of Ukraine and many missed date line or delay due to ongoing economy hardship and civil war. The Royal Thai Army failure to deliver on time for their Oplot tank is great true reflection of current industry situation of Ukraine.
I am sure China has already master a huge portion of engine parts require for L-15 or limited production of the engine.
Ukraine owe China lots of money. They surely has no means to return even a single cent. Asking them to repay in terms of export good is the only choice.
Just wonder why the intakes are not changed to DSI type. Maybe there will not be increase of performance?