War Ukraine – Russia: space, the invisible border in the war in Ukraine

  • Author, Jonathan Beale
  • role, Defense Correspondent, BBC News


The war in Ukraine underscored the growing importance of space for armies on the ground.

In an interview with the BBC, the head of the US space force, General Jay Raymond, describes it as “the first war where commercial space capabilities really played a significant role”. It is also the first major conflict in which both sides have become so dependent on space.

General Raymond – whose service is the newest branch of the US armed forces – avoids giving specific details about how the US and its allies have helped Ukraine.

But it gives a clear indication of what they did. “We use space to strike with precision, we use space to provide missile warnings about any threat that might come to the United States or our allies or partners,” he says.

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