This had never happened before. Via a press release from its secretary Jackie McGuinness, NASA sharply reprimanded this Thursday, July 7, the anti-Ukrainian propaganda of three Russian astronauts currently in orbit in the ISS. The latter had waved the Russian flag as well as flags of the Republics of Luhansk and Donetsk, two separatist regions in eastern Ukraine (see photo below). The press release from the American space agency does not bother with diplomatic formulas: “NASA strongly rejects Russia’s use of the International Space Station for political purposes in support of its war against Ukraine, which is fundamentally incompatible with the station’s primary function among the 15 international participating nations to advance science and develop technology for peaceful purposes”.
The photo of the three Russian astronauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov was posted by Roscosmos on July 4 on the Russian space agency’s Telegram page, along with the following comment: “Day of Liberation for Citizens of the Republic of Luhansk”. Since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Russian space agency has multiplied provocations, in particular through the voice of its director Dmitry Rogozin, the latter not having hesitated to brandish the threat of a Russian disengagement in order to maintain orbit of the International Space Station.