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Russians forced to use household appliances in military equipment due to sanctions, US says


US sanctions on Russia are working so well that Vladimir Putin’s troops are being forced to use computer chips from dishwashers and refrigerators in some of their military equipment, the Biden administration has claimed.

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo told a Senate hearing this week that a ban on technology exports to Russia now hampers her military on the ground as its unprovoked attack on Ukraine drags on.

“We have reports from Ukrainians that when they find Russian military equipment in the field, it is full of semiconductors that they have taken out of dishwashers and refrigerators,” Ms Raimondo said during the interview. hearing.

Since February, US tech exports to Russia have fallen 70%. This is important in the context of the country’s invasion of Ukraine, especially because the Russian military is notoriously dependent on Western technology.

A report by the London-based Conflict Armaments Research Group found that Russian military drones shot down over Ukraine were made up largely of Western electronics and components.

Ms Raimondo reportedly learned the story of the dishwasher and refrigerator chips from Ukrainian officials, who said they found commercial and industrial machinery in captured Russian tanks.

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The United States has imposed sanctions on the export of technologies ranging from semiconductors to lasers to Russia, and other Western countries have also sanctioned Russia.

Ms Raimondo told the Senate hearing that the disruption to trade led to production halts at the factories of two Russian tank manufacturers, Uralvagonzavod Corporation and Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant.

According to the Biden administration, the shutdowns are proof that the aggressive move by the United States to deny Russia access to its technology is working.

In addition to directly slashing U.S. companies’ tech chip exports to Russia, he also demanded that companies around the world stop selling to Russia if they use U.S.-made equipment or software in their work.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began more than three months ago, and while Russia took some Ukrainian territory, Ukrainian resistance prevented it from capturing the capital of Kyiv.