Ukrainian – Russian war: outer space, invisible borders in the war in Ukraine

  • Author, Jonathan Beales
  • Authority, Defense Correspondent, BBC News


The war in Ukraine underlined the growing importance of space for troops in the field.

In an interview with the BBC, the head of the US Space Force, General Jay Raymond, described it as “the first war in which commercial space capabilities really played a significant role”. This was also the first major conflict where both sides became heavily dependent on space.

General Raymond – who is the newest branch of the US armed forces – avoided providing specific details about how the US and its allies have assisted Ukraine.

But it does give a clear indication of what they’re doing. “We use space to strike with precision, we use space to provide missile warning, any threat that might come to the United States or our allies or partners,” he said.

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