The US w.a.rns of sanctions against those providing amm.unition to Russia

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The United States on Friday w.a.rned it can impose sanctions on people, countries, and companies that provide amm.unition to Russia.

Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo

“Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control is issuing guidance making clear that we are willing and able to sanction people, companies, or countries that provide amm.unition to Russia or support Russia’s military-industrial complex,” Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo said in remarks ahead of the meeting on October 14.

Officials at the meeting, which included representatives from EU countries, Canada and South Korea, discussed additional steps planned to target Russia’s military-industrial complex and the effects of several rafts of sanctions imposed by Washington and its partners over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine since February.

U.S. officials say restrictions on access to advanced technology and goods have made it difficult for Russia to replace wea.pons, including over 6,000 pieces of military equipment des.troyed in the w.a.r.

“Russia is expending munitions at an unsustainable rate and turning to countries like Iran and North Korea for supplies and equipment, including, drones, roc.kets, and artil.lery munitions,” according to a copy of the presentation from Morgan Muir, deputy director of national intelligence for mission integration.

Russian roc.ket artil.lery deployed to stri.ke  targets in Ukraine on July 7

 

Muir said Russia’s defense industry depends on imported semiconductor chips and electronics, while a shortage of bearings has affected the production of tanks, aircraft, submarines and many other wea.pons. The U.S. official also w.a.rned that Russian intelligence is seeking to buy Western technology and components through a network of front companies in Europe and North America.

Russian officials have not commented on the U.S. official’s remarks. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied that it is buying Iranian UAVs and North Korean artil.lery shells.

Jeremy Fleming, director of GCHQ, Britain’s top intelligence agency, said on Oct. 11 that Russia was “short of amm.unition and certainly short of friends.” Fleming did not provide evidence for his claims and did not specify how much amm.unition Russia currently has for the operation in Ukraine.

Russia earlier this week launched a massive stri.ke  with 84 long-range mis.siles targeting energy infrastructure, military command and communications in the capital Kiev and about 10 cities across Ukraine. It was the most intense a.ttack on Kiev after months of quiet.

Ukrainian officials said the raid des.troyed 30 percent of its energy infrastructure, killing 26 people and leaving many areas without power, water, or heating. In the days that followed, Russia maintained raids in many Ukrainian cities, but with lower fire densities.

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