Putin’s War Cannot Survive Tech Sanctions
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Various sanctions imposed on Russia had not only crippled Russian economy, but also started to hurt Russian military capabilities: the Russian state-owned company Uralvagonzavod, Russia’s primary armored vehicle manufacturer that builds tanks such as the T-72B3, had to temporarily cease production due to running out of parts to make and repair tanks. In addition to Uralvagonzavod, the Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant has also run out of foreign-made parts. Western allies of Ukraine, including the European Union and United States, have ordered a complete stop to the export of certain components such as microchips and dual-use goods (that may be used for either military or civilian applications) to Russia as part of an escalation package of sanctions.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen explained earlier, “Our aim is to reduce the Kremlin’s capacity to wage war on its neighbors.”
The U.S. has imposed economic sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, and Taiwanese chipmaker TSMC and South Korea”s Samsung have followed suit, suspending the export of their semiconductors to Russia. An article in The Wall Street Journal says without TSMC”s high-end chips, Russia”s efforts at developing advanced weaponry along with 5G and AI will be thwarted, as it”ll be very hard to find other supply channels. Russia, as the world”s second largest arms exporter, will lose an important source of income if its weaponry can”t be produced smoothly. Let”s hear from a local expert, in the video published on March 20, 2022, “TSMC’s suspension of chip exports to Russia will impede its advanced weaponry development: report“, below:
Yahoo Finance’s Karina Mitchell discusses how chip makers are navigating supply challenges amid the Russia-Ukraine war, in the video published on March 14, 2022, “Russia-Ukraine war: How chip makers are avoiding a shortage“, below:
As the Russian invasion enters its fourth week, Ukrainian resistance has so far foiled Vladimir Putin’s plan to take the capital of Kyiv with a lightning strike using his vaunted tank army. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin talks with Gen. Frank McKenzie, commander of CENTCOM, about why Russia’s tanks have failed – and what it means for Ukraine going forward, in the video published on March 20, 2022, “The failure of Russia’s tanks“, below:
Ukraine says it has more tanks now than it did before the war began, because Russian troops keep abandoning them, in the video published on March 27, 2022, “Ukraine is capitalizing on abandoned Russian tanks“, below:
In the video published on March 10, 2022, “Why Russia Can’t Survive Tech Sanctions“, below:
Did you know that there is an international chip shortage? Indeed, the world does not have enough chips, and it’s a real problem. Chips can be found in almost every product you use. They are in your phone, your computer, and your TV and even power the factories that make all of these things. As a result, it is understandable that there will be a high demand for them. So, why isn’t that demand being met? There are several reasons starting with the COVID-19 pandemic. There are a variety of reasons for this, beginning with the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic increased the demand for electronic products. People were bored at home, so they began ordering a large number of devices, and chip manufacturers were unable to keep up. Then, there was the fact that the U.S. government placed restrictions on China’s biggest chip manufacturer: Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC). This trade war prevented SMIC from selling chips to some of the world’s largest corporations. Finally, there were the unrelenting droughts and fires that plagued the country. Chip manufacturers use large amounts of ultra-pure water to clean their factories and wafers before beginning the chip-making process. This significantly reduces the ability to produce new chips when there is no water readily available, in the video “5 reasons why the world is running out of chips”, below:
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com
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