Head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak said that Ukraine has made a huge contribution to the development of astronautics and should revive its rocket and space industry. He wrote about this on his Facebook page.
"Today, the whole world is celebrating the first space flight with human participation. Ukraine has made a huge contribution to the development of astronautics. It was Serhiy Korolev, who was born in Zhytomyr, who designed the first manned spacecraft that launched a man into space. Ukrainian rocket launchers are now admired by the professional community," the message reads.
Yermak also said that the task of the government is to revive our space and rocket industry.
“I would like us to always want more and set ambitious goals,” the head of the President’s Office concluded.
Earlier Russian spacecraft are trailing a US satellite used to spy on other countries, according to Gen John Raymond, the commander of the US Space Force, the Business Insider reports.
The two Russian satellites have come within 100 miles of the US satellite, and the US has raised concerns about the matter to Moscow through diplomatic channels, Raymond told Time magazine's W.J. Hennigan, who first reported the story on Monday.
In November, Russia launched "a satellite that subsequently released a second satellite," and the pair have been behaving similarly to a set that Russia previously labeled "inspector satellites," Raymond said.
He said "in any other domain," such a move "would be interpreted as potentially threatening behavior."
The Russian Embassy in Washington, DC, did not respond to a request for comment.