Last week, the Kremlin literally "threatened" that the russian military-industrial complex would be able to supply the russian army with 1,600 tanks to replace losses already suffered. What, for example, the dictator Putin and one of his associates Dmitry Medvedev talked about in their statements.
However, at the same time, everything remained unclear, that is, the russians are going to make 1,600 tanks in just 1 year (as it was said by Medvedev), or even in 3 years (as Putin stated). What the "quality" composition of this "armored fist" will be, in particular, was shown by the fact that the russians have already begun deconserving T-54 and T-55 tanks. At the same time the Kremlin propagandists generally talked about the formation of a division on T-34 tanks, removed from the pedestals and restored at the facilities of the russian military-industrial complex.
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Against this background, it is at least logical to expect that Western countries will more strictly limit the sanctions regime against the russian federation, so that the Kremlin's delusions about 1,600 tanks remain in virtual space. At the same time, we can follow such a logical chain laid out in the Western mass media.
For example, at the end of February 2023, Business Insider noted in its publication that the staff of the Uralvagonzavod enterprise, the flagship of the russian armored industry, now has a total of 30,000 employees.
But at the same time, they do not manage to "jump over" the production barrier of 20 tanks per month, because currently there is a critical shortage of semiconductors, which are necessary for the production of fire control equipment. Russia’s tank repair plants can "squeeze out" up to 70 tanks in a month, but the quality of restoration of these vehicles is questionable.
In turn, as the British The Telegraph writes, the European Commission is currently working on strengthening sanctions against companies and entities that help the russian federation to obtain semiconductors, which are needed, in particular, for the production of armored vehicles, through smuggling.
The russians hide the fact of importing semiconductors under the purchase of cars, household appliances, and cameras, which, after being imported into the russian federation, are disassembled into components. Such deliveries to the aggressor country have increased by 60-80% over the past few months. The European Commission wants to stop this traffic as much as possible so that the aggressor country could no longer manufacture equipment and weapons for the war against Ukraine.