Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal this week says Politico that he expects reduced access to technology to be the driving force to stave off ongoing Russian attacks. Since invading Ukraine, Russia has spent months burning nearly half of the critical military technology in its arsenal, and now Politico has shared a leaked ‘shopping list’ of the tech Russia seeks. urgently to replenish its stock.
“According to our information, the Russians have already spent almost half… of their arsenal of weapons,” Shmyhal told Politico.
Among about two dozen “bottleneck technologies” that Russia “most desperately” needs to stay in the fight are microchips made by eight American tech companies that America hopes to stop Russia from getting. access through sanctions.
These companies include Marvell, Intel, Holt, ISSI, Microchip, Micron, Broadcom, and Texas Instruments. However, the sanctions can only go so far as to limit the distribution of these companies, as Russia will likely turn to third parties or unregulated markets to fill the void. Ars reached out to every US tech company for comment, but only a few responded immediately.
“We take our responsibility as a good corporate citizen seriously,” Microchip spokesman Brian Thorsen told Ars. “In accordance with export laws, and because Russia’s actions against Ukraine are contrary to our guiding values, Microchip has ceased shipments to customers in Russia, Belarus and sanctioned regions in Ukraine.”
“For more than a decade, all Intel sales in Russia have been through distributors who are required to comply with U.S. export controls,” said Penny Bruce, Intel’s director of corporate communications, in Ars. “Intel suspended all shipments to customers in Russia and Belarus and will continue to comply with all applicable export regulations and sanctions in the countries in which it operates. This includes complying with sanctions and export controls against Russia and Belarus issued by the United States and allied countries.”
In March, Marvell posted a similar statement addressed to business partners: “Marvell is stopping all transactions of its products directly and indirectly with customers based in Russia, Belarus, Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LNR) regions in Ukraine.”
Politico reported that some of the tech parts sought by Russia may still be easily accessible and smuggled into Russia through unregulated online marketplaces, but other products have long been out of stock around the world.
Without more microchips – along with other items on the Kremlin’s shopping list like “semiconductors, transformers, connectors, packages, transistors, insulators and other components” – Russia could lose its most powerful missile technology and possibly even be forced out of the conflict.
Shmyhal told Politico the ‘outcome of the war’ could ‘depend’ on Russia’s ability to quickly stockpile microchips, which is why Ukraine has issued international warnings to alert other countries so that they are helping to cut off supplies from Russia. So far, the strategy seems to work in favor of Ukraine.
“Due to the sanctions imposed on Russia, shipments of this high-tech chip equipment … have stopped and they have no way of replenishing these stocks,” Shmyhal told Politico.