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We had a lot of yellow material we needed to use up’

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Russian cosmonauts appeared on the International Space Station wearing yellow and blue, the colours of Ukraine

Russian cosmonauts appeared on the International Space Station wearing yellow and blue, the colours of Ukraine

Russian cosmonauts appeared on the International Space Station wearing yellow and blue, the colours of Ukraine

Three Russian cosmonauts arrived at the International Space Station in the yellow and blue of the Ukrainian flag.

Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov lifted off from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 8.55pm on Friday.

In a bold move, the three new arrivals emerged from their Soyuz capsule after docking with the space station wearing bright yellow jumpsuits with blue stripes, instead of the standard-issue blue uniform.

It was unclear what message the trio intended to send by wearing the outfits.

When the cosmonauts were able to talk to family back on Earth, Artemyev was asked about the suits. He said every crew chooses their own.

“It became our turn to pick a colour. But in fact, we had accumulated a lot of yellow material so we needed to use it. So that’s why we had to wear yellow,” he said.

Since the war started, many people have used the Ukrainian flag and its colours to show solidarity with the country.

The war has resulted in cancelled spacecraft launches and broken contracts.

Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin has warned that the US would have to use “broomsticks” to fly into space after Russia said it would stop supplying rocket engines to its companies.

Many worry, however, that Rogozin is putting decades of a peaceful off-planet partnership at risk, most notably at the space station.

NASA administrator Bill Nelson played down Rogozin’s comments, telling The Associated Press: “That’s just Dmitry Rogozin. He spouts off every now and then. But at the end of the day, he’s worked with us.”

“The other people that work in the Russian civilian space program, they’re professional,” Nelson told the AP on Friday. “They don’t miss a beat with us, American astronauts and American mission control. Despite all of that, up in space, we can have a cooperation with our Russian friends, our colleagues.”

NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei — who on Tuesday broke the US single spaceflight record of 340 days — is due to leave the space station with two Russians aboard a Soyuz capsule for a touchdown in Kazakhstan on March 30.

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