Russian Troops Forced to Use Computer Components from Appliances Due to Sanctions

Russian troops have reportedly been using computer components scavenged from appliances in military equipment as the United States has continued to deny Russia of technology.

Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said in a Senate hearing Wednesday that the Ukrainians have reported instances of finding Russian military equipment with semiconductors from dishwashers and refrigerators.

Raimondo commented that the impact of the U.S. sanctions against Russia has become evident. According to Raimondo, two Russian tank manufacturers have closed down since the U.S. imposed export controls.

“Our approach was to deny Russia technology — technology that would cripple their ability to continue a military operation. And that is exactly what we are doing,” Raimondo said.

Raimondo reported that the U.S. technology exports to Russia have dropped by 70 percent since February.

Commerce Department spokeswoman Robyn Patterson said that the number of U.S. shipments to Russia decreased by 85 percent and their value by 97 percent.

The United States’ new rules on export controls cover semiconductors, telecommunications equipment, lasers, avionics, and maritime technology.

Raimondo said that the U.S. would continue enforcing its export controls and not tolerate any circumventions.


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