The Vladimir Putin’s shameful invasion of Ukraine may hinge on Russia’s inability to obtain high-tech electrical components due to sanctions.
Having spent more on arms than many could have anticipated – including themselves – Russian troops are now more reliant on stockpiles of Soviet-era ammunition.
Ukrainian resistance, which has resulted in major advances in recent days, has enraged Russian forces losing control of previously seized territory.
But Putin and his forces could soon run out of fuel. Whether or not Russia can regain access to high-tech processors may determine whether the battle escalates further.
Ukraine has warned the international community that the Kremlin has a ‘shopping list’ of semiconductors, connections, transformers and insulators, the majority of which are made in the US, Taiwan, UK , Japan and Germany.
In previous years, Russia relied heavily on these nations, but now that sanctions are in play, it should be more difficult for them to obtain vital technologies.
US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo believes desperate Russians are turning to stealing chips from household appliances such as dishwashers and refrigerators.
Vladimir Putin’s shameful invasion of Ukraine (pictured) may rest on Russia’s failure to obtain high-tech electrical components following sanctions.
Future invasions from Russia could be avoided if they do not have access to microchips. Already, Ukrainian forces are pushing back and have made notable inroads into Russian-occupied territory. Pictured: According to Ukrainian troops, Kupyansk has been liberated.
The shopping list obtained by Politico is divided into three priority categories, from most important to least important, and includes the price Russia is willing to pay.
According to Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, the future of the war could depend on the nature of the technology.
Putin unveiled an arsenal of new hypersonic weapons in 2018 in one of his most belligerent speeches in years, saying they could strike virtually anywhere on the globe and bypass a US missile shield.
Mr Shymyhal, however, told Politico that the Russians had only “four dozen” hypersonic missiles and had already spent “almost” half of their stockpile.
He remarked of the missiles: “These are the ones that have precision and accuracy thanks to the microchips they include.”
However, due to sanctions imposed on Russia, shipments of this high-tech chip equipment have ceased and there is no way to replenish these supplies.
According to Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, Russian hypersonic weapons cannot be replenished due to sanctions. Illustration of a Zircon hypersonic cruise missile
There are concerns, however, that China could play a crucial role in rescuing Russia if it were to buy and resell technology.
While the EU, US and Japan have sanctioned Russia, China has not and Beijing has already supplied drones and vehicles to invading forces.
While many of Russia’s sought-after commodities are available online, others have been wiped out by the global shortage of microprocessors.
Fleas are rare due to a combination of high demand and insufficient supply.
The pandemic played a big role in the meltdown of transistors and chips, as demand for work-from-home tech surged and automakers canceled orders.
Despite the scarcity, Russia is looking for extra fuel to continue its war effort.
AirBorn connections, based in the United States, are their most important components, according to the list that has been presented.
Microchips made by various companies, including Altera, Intel, Broadcom, Holt and Cypress, are a big part of the Kremlin’s shopping list.
Less important components were capacitors, resistors, and inductors from the United States, Taiwan, parts of the European Union, and Japan.
Russia has the same global shortage of electrical components as the rest of the world. In addition, it is forbidden to buy accessible chips because of the sanctions. Pictured: Each door array costs 66,815.77 rubles (£937), making it the most expensive item on Russia’s shopping list. Before the global shortage, the price would have been closer to £18.
The Intel gate arrays are the most expensive item on the list, costing 66,815.77 rubles (£937) each. Before the global shortage, the price would have been closer to £18.
The Marvell Ethernet transceiver is the cheapest at around 430.83 rubles (£6).
Researchers worry that the supply of goods to the Russian military is often unregulated, allowing them to circumvent EU sanctions and legislation aimed at strictly supervising chip shipments.
If Russia can be prevented from having access to the chips, it will greatly benefit Ukraine, which is currently on the offensive.
Despite the Kremlin running out of ammunition, many fear that Western countries will not be able to stop Russia’s “friends” like China from helping them and escalating the conflict.