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How Putin is ‘weaponizing space with dangerous actions’ when Russia detonates a satellite that shoots out 1,500 pieces of debris

THOUSANDS of debris have scattered into Earth’s orbit after Russia destroyed one of its satellites with a surface-to-air missile on Monday.

Spokesman Ned Price said the State Department had identified more than 1,500 traceable debris. There are still thousands of smaller pieces that have yet to be traced.

Russia's growing space technology is a cause for concern in the United States, who fear the country will attempt to weaponize space.

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Russia’s growing space technology is a cause for concern in the United States, who fear the country will attempt to weaponize space.Credit: Reuters
The test conducted by Russia has put thousands of pieces of debris into Earth's orbit

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The test conducted by Russia has put thousands of pieces of debris into Earth’s orbitCredit: Getty

Astronauts living on the International Space Station had to shelter in place because debris cloud pass by the station often.

It was not initially known whether the debris was caused by a Russian anti-satellite test, but the US State Department said the debris field was a danger to the space station.

NASA Administrator Bill Nelson eventually confirmed that the Russian test prompted the astronauts to shelter in place.

“I am outraged by this irresponsible and destabilizing act,” Nelson told The Verge.

He added: “It is inconceivable that Russia would endanger not only the American astronauts and their international partners on the ISS, but also their cosmonauts.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the inspection “Destructive” and it “clearly demonstrates that Russia…is willing to jeopardize the long-term sustainability of outer space and promote exploration and use outer space by all nations…”

In one tweet, Blinken added: “We condemn Russia’s reckless testing of an anti-satellite missile that flies directly at its own satellite, creating space debris that endangers the lives of astronauts, the integrity of of the International Space Station and the interests of all nations.

In a statement, the US Space Command announced that it is currently working to track the debris “and will continue to ensure all space nations have the information to maneuver satellites if necessary.” hit.”

SPACE DEVELOPMENT TECHNOLOGY

Last year, the US and UK accused Moscow of launching an anti-satellite missile – the third of its kind in 2020.

British military chiefs have previously warned of a possible space attack within the next two years – what has been dubbed a potential “Pearl Harbor in Space” for the US.

Allen Antrobus, a military space specialist at Airbus Defense and Space in Stevenage, Herts, told The Sun Online he “absolutely” believes there is an increase threat of an attack in space.

Last month, Vladimir Putin brag about Russia’s Hypersonic Nuclear Weapons capable of wiping out entire US cities.

The Russian leader stoked fears of World War III when he revealed that his country has developed a weapon that flies five times faster than weapons being developed in the US.

“This is not just a hypersonic missile, this is an intercontinental missile,” Putin said at an energy forum in Moscow.

“This is a much more serious weapon than what you just said. And they’re already on high alert in Russia.”

However, he insists nowhere is directly threatened and similar systems are being developed around the world.

Mr. Putin added: “There is nothing unusual here. The world’s high-tech armies will have such systems, and in the near future.

“We’re not abusing this, we’re not threatening anyone.”

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Putin has said that he will “simply destroy” any country that encroaches on his country’s territory.

His regime has been accused of causing the ongoing migration crisis between Belarus and Poland and even send nuclear bombers into the area.

Europe’s last dictatorship has been accused of “weaponizing” migration against the EU – causing tensions along the Belarusian and Polish borders with militaries on both sides.

US warships and spy planes, including RAF planes, have been in the Black Sea, surrounding Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014 and considers its territory.

Pro-Kremlin television stations ran reports condemning Nato.

Host Irada Zeynalova on NTV accused the West of “aggravating the situation” with the Black Sea “almost at a boiling point both in the air and in the sea”.

“It was very dangerous,” she said.

President Joe Biden speaks at the White House on November 15, 2021

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President Joe Biden speaks at the White House on November 15, 2021Credit: Getty
US Secretary of State condemned the test in a statement

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US Secretary of State condemned the test in a statementCredit: AFP
Videos appear to show ‘Russia massing tanks, armored vehicles and troops’ on Ukraine’s border as Putin ‘ready to invade’

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