NASA condemned Russian cosmonauts for anti-Ukrainian propaganda on the ISS

NASA issued a scathing denunciation of the Russian space agency after three cosmonauts displayed anti-Ukrainian propaganda on board international space station.

The trio were seen flying the flags of the Luhansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic, two Russian-backed separatist regions in eastern Ukraine that are recognized as independent states only by Moscow and Syria.

They also said that the capture of the region was “a day of liberation to be celebrated both on Earth and in space.”

In response to photos posted RussiaState space corporation Roskosmos NASA said it “strongly condemns Russia for using the International Space Station for political purposes to support its war against Ukraine.”

Spokeswoman Jackie McGuinness added that this was “fundamentally inconsistent with the station’s core function among its 15 participating countries, which is to advance science and develop technology for peaceful purposes.”

Rebuke: NASA condemned the Russian space agency after three cosmonauts displayed anti-Ukrainian propaganda on the International Space Station. They held the flags of the Luhansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic, two Russian-backed separatist regions.

RUSSIAN THREATS, DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS IN SPACE

In response to sanctions imposed by the international community, Russia issued a series of threats, caused delays and canceled projects.

international space station

The head of the Russian Space Agency, Dmitry Rogozin, said that “who will save the ISS” with Russia is the exit from the orbital laboratory project.

The ISS is divided into two halves, life support comes from the American half, and the propulsion system that stops it from falling to Earth is from the Russian side. Rogozin said the ISS could fall on the US or Europe if it gets out.

US missile sales

Russia has been selling two main types of rocket engines to the US since the mid-1990s. RD-180 and RD-181.

An end to these engine sales and service was announced in response to the sanctions.

Rogozin said US launch service providers should “saddle their broomsticks.”

Creation of military satellites

Russia has announced that it will redirect funding to build military satellites and equipment.

He is completing some upcoming scientific projects in favor of defense.

Completion of scientific projects

Russia has stopped cooperation with Germany on the space telescope and experiments on the ISS.

It says that he will continue to work with the telescope, which he temporarily turned off, and will conduct experiments on his own, without the support of Germany.

Don’t run again

Roscosmos withdrew from the Soyuz-sharing agreement with European Space Agency partner Arianespace in French Guiana.

He also threatened to suspend the OneWeb satellites, built in the US and owned by the UK, without a guarantee that they would not be used for military purposes.

Later, OneWeb canceled the planned launch of the Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. This prompted Roskomos to paint over the British and American flags on the rocket.

It was a rare reproach, because Russia is the main partner of the US space agency for the space station.

Tensions between the US and Russia have been rising since Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine back in February.

The war of words even spread to the space sector, where Roscosmos announced its intention to withdraw from international space station project in response to Western sanctions imposed against the Kremlin.

In April, Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin told Russian state television that Moscow would no longer cooperate with its international partners aboard the International Space Station, confirming that the decision to withdraw had already been made.

Russia also joked that an American astronaut might end up in space.

However, NASA for the first time openly condemned the actions of Moscow and Roscosmos against the backdrop of the invasion of Ukraine.

Photographs provided by Roscosmos on July 4 show Oleg Artemiev, Denis Matveev and Sergei Korsakov holding two flags of the Luhansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic.

According to Google Translate, the caption to the post read: “Liberation Day of the Lugansk People’s Republic!

“We celebrate both on Earth and in space.”

This came after the capture of Lysichansk, the last major city held by Ukraine in Lugansk, on 3 July.

When the three astronauts first arrived at the International Space Station in March, it was thought that they showed support for Ukraine because they were dressed in bright yellow overalls and blue colors.

Many took it as a political statement in support of Ukraine, whose flag is bright yellow and blue, but Roscosmos said the jumpsuits represented the colors of the university where all three cosmonauts attended.

Earlier this year, Kathy Lueders, NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations, said that despite the war and rising tensions between Moscow and the West, NASA and its Russian counterparts are still in touch. We still train together. We are still working together.

“Obviously we understand the global situation and where it is, but as a collaborative team, these teams work together.”

She added: “Obviously we need to continue to monitor the situation.

“We have acted in similar situations before, and both sides have always acted very professionally and understood the importance of this fantastic mission and maintaining peaceful relations between the two countries in space.”

When the three cosmonauts first arrived at the International Space Station in March, they were thought to be showing support for Ukraine because they wore bright yellow jumpsuits and blue (pictured).

When the three cosmonauts first arrived at the International Space Station in March, they were thought to be showing support for Ukraine because they wore bright yellow jumpsuits and blue (pictured).

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly retired last week. told MailOnline that the US space agency will never work with Moscow on new space projects bye Insert was in power.

The 58-year-old said the US and Europe “do not need Russia“because we can do everything they can,” months after Roscosmos threatened to pull out of the space station project.

Kelly, who has worked very closely with the cosmonauts for many years, added that the threat was “Russia’s loss, not ours” before adding, “I don’t see NASA working with the current regiment anytime soon.”

The American naval aviator, who spent a year on the International Space Station between 2015 and 2016, has openly criticized Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and also targeted the Russian space agency Roscosmos and its head, Rogozin.

In March, the couple traded barbs on Twitter, with Rogozin calling the former US naval aviator a “jerk” and Kelly responding that the Russian boss was acting like a “child”.

EXPLANATION: A 100 BILLION INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION IS 250 MILES ABOVE THE EARTH

The International Space Station (ISS) is a $100 billion (£80 billion) science and engineering lab located 250 miles (400 km) above the Earth.

Since November 2000, it has been constantly staffed with interchangeable crews of cosmonauts and cosmonauts.

The crews came mainly from the US and Russia, but astronauts were also sent by the Japanese space agency JAXA and the European space agency ESA.

The International Space Station has been in continuous use for over 20 years and has been expanded with many new modules and system upgrades.

The International Space Station has been in continuous use for over 20 years and has been expanded with many new modules and system upgrades.

Research conducted aboard the ISS often requires one or more of the unusual conditions present in low Earth orbit, such as low gravity or oxygen.

ISS research focuses on human research, space medicine, life sciences, physical sciences, astronomy, and meteorology.

The US space agency, NASA, spends about $3 billion (£2.4 billion) a year on the space station program, with the rest of the funding coming from international partners including Europe, Russia and Japan.

To date, 244 people from 19 countries have visited the station, including eight private individuals who have spent up to $50 million on visits.

There is ongoing debate about the future of the station after 2025, when part of the original design is thought to reach “end of life”.

Around the same time, Russia, the station’s main partner, plans to launch its own orbital platform, and the private firm Axiom Space plans to simultaneously send its own modules to the station for purely commercial use.

NASA, ESA, JAXA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) are working together to build a space station in orbit around the Moon, while Russia and China are working on a similar project that will also include a surface base.