Due to international sanctions imposed on Russia, some Chinese-made home appliance components have been installed on some Russian warships.
This was reported by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, seen by Ukrinform.
“The international sanctions imposed on the occupying power hinder the full maintenance and repair of the diesel navigational equipment of warships in their fleet,” the statement said.
According to the defense intelligence agency GUR, “in order to ensure the buoyancy of some ships, including cruise missile carriers, instead of the original units, the Russians install those from Chinese-made household appliances , which were purchased at an extremely inflated price. Now the occupants, aware of “import substitution” practices, see each deployment as a one-way trip. After all, this could be their last and also lead to an environmental disaster in the region.
“The Caspian Flotilla Command, fearing inspections and allegations of diversion of spare parts, ordered to conceal the incapacitation of the warships. Those found guilty of leaking such information face treason charges, which could land whistleblowers in prison for up to 15 years,” the report said.
The Ukrainian spy agency adds that sailors from the 106th Brigade of Surface Ships of the Caspian Flotilla of Russia’s Southern Military District, which is part of a naval group involved in the war against Ukraine, now refuse to carry out combat missions due to the state of emergency of their ships. The occupiers decided to write secret letters to Vladimir Putin and defense chief Sergei Shoigu to expose the financial intrigues of their commanders.
GUR published a list of servicemen of the said unit, noting that all war criminals will be exposed and prosecuted for crimes against the Ukrainian civilian population.
As Ukrinform reported, under the influence of international sanctions, the Russian economy continues to collapse. Brave statements by Kremlin leaders about Russia’s financial growth, improving Russians’ well-being, and the operation going “according to plan” contradict the outlook expressed by Russia’s economy ministry. The authorities estimate that GDP will fall to 8% by the end of 2022.