Vladimir Putin's bumbling Russian forces are being forced to use computer chips from old dishwashers just to keep their tanks in Ukraine running, according to a United States official.
Just 24 hours after it emerged that Putin's pilots were strapping GPS units to jets, it now appears that troops are dismantling household appliances to upgrade their equipment.
According to US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, who was speaking to the Senate Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday, Ukraine officials had found parts from fridges, dishwashers and commercial and industrial machines inside abandoned or captured Russian tanks.
This, she claims, is down to sanctions applied on the state.
She said: “We have reports from Ukrainians that when they find Russian military equipment on the ground, it's filled with semiconductors that they took out of dishwashers and refrigerators.
“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.
“Russia is struggling to replenish its military weapons and equipment. Russia's two major tank plants — Uralvagonzavod Corporation and Chelyabinsk Tractor Plant — have halted work due to lack of foreign components.”
The news of the dodgy components adds further evidence that Putin's troops are struggling on the front line.
According to the UK's Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, jets used by Russia have inbuilt navigations that are “too poor” to work properly in the field.
Speaking this week at the National Army Museum in London to commemorate those who died in World War II, he said that the blame for this should lie at the feet of the General Staff of the Russian army, General Valery Gerasimov
He said: “Russian vehicles had not been maintained properly and immobilised many logistics vehicles, leading to cheap tyres being blown out and truck axle hub failures, all due to poor maintenance or the money for that maintenance being taken elsewhere.
“As an aside, the sheer amount of footage from Ukrainian drones suggests to me that they also lack wider air defence and counter-UAV system.
“But it’s not just ground forces.
“GPS receivers have been found taped to the dashboards of downed Russian SU-34s so the pilots knew where they were, due to the poor quality of their own systems.”
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