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War in Ukraine: initial international space consequences of a regional conflict

Par Amaury Dufay


On Thursday, February 24, 2022, the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces after several months of diplomatic tensions has brutally shaken international relations. The exceptional extent of Western condemnations and sanctions promises to isolate Russia more durably and harshly than ever. In this context, the space domain is very representative of the global tensions generated by this conflict. The re-creation of the Russian space forces in 2015, the establishment of the US Space Force in 2019, or the French Space Command the same year, had acted the doctrinal integration of Space as a field of confrontation.

About the Author

Amaury Dufay is studies manager in the Space task group of the Institute of Strategy and Defense Studies (IESD). He is a specialist in the technological and capability dynamics of New Space. His expertise is particularly focused on the strategic issues of advanced propulsion systems, weaponization and space tactics.

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