Russian astronauts reach the International Space Station in the color of the Ukrainian flag

Shortly after arriving at the International Space Station, the trio spoke to callers on the phone, including family members, who congratulated them on their successful mission. When asked by the caller about their costume selection, Artemiev replied that each group is allowed to choose their own colors.

“We really had a lot of yellow stuff, so we had to use it,” Artemiev explained. “That’s why we had to wear yellow.”

Russia’s space agency has also denied that the color reflected the Ukrainian flag. It said the design of the uniform reflected the colors of the Baman Moscow State Technical University where the astronauts studied.

The sartorial outcome of the three Russians has sparked debate on social media over the past three weeks as to whether the artillery fire was a deliberate reference to the war in Ukraine, where Russian forces have unleashed missiles and bombs. Russian President Vladimir Putin Has controversially tried to justify the attack By claiming that it started to “de-nacify” Ukraine.

Former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has led three missions to the International Space Station. Tweeted On Friday, in Russian and English, three Russian astronauts shouted “Ukrainian Yellow!” Fellow astronaut Terry Wirtz was similarly excited, Tweets, “Aha. Just wow. Well done. ”

Aerospace enthusiasts and observers were particularly keen to know if these outfits were in favor of Ukraine, as Russian authorities have been cracking down on anti-war sentiment since late February. The Kremlin has shut down independent media, banned some social media sites and punished activists who speak out.

This leaves little room for those in Russia to access stories of the growing humanitarian crisis in neighboring Ukraine. Supporters of Putin’s invasion have also launched their own pro-war campaigns Using the letter “Z” To indicate their approval.

Travel to the International Space Station increases tensions between the United States and Russia and affects the countries’ space partnership. Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos, earlier this month threatened to cut off the supply of Russian-made rocket engines used in rockets sent to the space station. But NASA leadership Rejected the idea That collaboration is going to dry up.

Marissa IT contributed to this report.

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