Russian troops ‘use parts of dishwashers and fridges to repair failing equipment’ – World News

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Semiconductors, also known as computer chips, were the brains that powered most modern electronic devices – from appliances to fighter jets.

Ukrainian officials who opened captured Russian tanks say they found parts of refrigerators and commercial and industrial machinery inside

Russian troops are being forced to use computer chips from dishwashers and refrigerators in military equipment like tanks due to sanctions, US officials have claimed.

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo spoke at a Senate hearing on Wednesday and cited reports of Ukrainians who, when they discovered Russian military equipment on the ground, discovered it was filled with semiconductors that had been removed from dishwashers and refrigerators.

Ms Raimondo went on to say that she had recently met with the Prime Minister of Ukraine, reports the Washington Post.

U.S. technology exports to Russia have fallen nearly 70% since sanctions began in late February, said Raimondo, whose department oversees export controls that form a large part of the sanctions package.

She said three dozen other countries had adopted similar export bans, which also applied to Belarus.







A destroyed Russian tank is seen in a damaged field as Russian attacks continued in Chernihiv Oblast this week
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In response to a question from Senator Jeanne Shaheen, DN.H., about the impact of export controls, she said, “Our approach was to deny Russian technology – technology that would cripple their ability to pursue a military operation.

“And that’s exactly what we do.”

Semiconductors, also known as computer chips, were the brains that powered most modern electronic devices – from appliances to fighter jets.

Russia has historically relied on imports from Asian and Western companies, and its own manufacturers.

Ukrainian officials told the Secretary how when they opened captured Russian tanks, they found parts of refrigerators and commercial and industrial machinery.

The parts appeared to compensate for other unavailable components, Commerce Department spokeswoman Robyn Patterson said.







The world’s largest computer chip companies began halting shipments to Russia after US restrictions took effect
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The number of US shipments to Russia of items subject to the new rules, such as semiconductors, telecommunications equipment, lasers, avionics and maritime technology, has fallen by 85%.

Patterson said their value is down 97% from the same time in 2021.

Raimondo went on to the Senate pointing out recent reports that two Russian tank manufacturers had to halt production due to a lack of components.

These reports were also previously highlighted by the White House, which said Uralvagonzavod Corporation and Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant had stopped production.







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The world’s largest computer chip companies began halting shipments to Russia after U.S. restrictions took effect in late February.

Russia had previously faced restricted sales from the United States and other Western countries of chips and other electronic components specially designed for military use.

This type of sale required a government license even before Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine.

These restrictions were further tightened by the new rules, which also saw the blocking of the sale of most dual-use chips, which have both military and commercial applications, to non-military users in Russia.

This included those in high-tech industries.

According to the Biden administration, the ban would cut off more than half of Russian high-tech imports and reduce the country’s ability to diversify its economy and support its military.

The United States is also demanding that companies around the world follow the rules and block such sales to Russia if they use American manufacturing equipment or software to produce chips – a new decision that the United States has not used. only once before, against the Chinese Huawei.

According to analysts, the majority of chip factories in the world use software or equipment designed in the United States.

The Russian military has long relied on Western electronics, previous research has shown.

Investigators from the London-based Conflict Armament Research (CAR) group, which have dissected military drones shot down over Ukraine in recent years, have found them to be full of Western electronics and components.

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