Russia disassembling imported equipment for military purposes, says chief-of-staff

30 October 2022, 06:17 PM
Andriy Yermak (

Andriy Yermak (

The Russians have begun to disassemble imported equipment to use for spare parts for military purposes, presidential chief-of-staff Andriy Yermak reported via Telegram messenger on Oct. 30.

“We’re observing a boom in European exports of washing machines, refrigerators, and even electric breast pumps to Russia’s neighbors after the large-scale invasion of Ukraine,” he said.

“This equipment also later reached Russia.”

According to Yermak, Russia has currently no clear distinction between civilian and military use of various components and chips.

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“Any foreign technology imported into Russia could eventually be used for military purposes since sanctions have cut off access to Western technology for the Russians, so they’re looking for chips wherever they can to use them later for military purposes,” the chief-of-staff noted.

“That’s why it’s necessary to make these processes impossible for them.”

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