Defense Ministry negotiates restrictions on satellite imagery of Ukraine’s territory

Representatives of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine held talks with one of the world’s leading satellite companies to limit satellite imagery of the country’s territory. The company, whose name has not been disclosed for security reasons, is the only operator that provides daily coverage of the entire planet with 3-5 meter resolution imagery.

Deputy Minister of Defense Kateryna Chernogorenko said that the meeting discussed mechanisms that would restrict access to images of Ukrainian territory, especially under martial law. It is also planned to continue cooperation with this company to order up-to-date imagery to be used for defense and security purposes.

“The daily satellite images of our territory can be used not only by us but also by the enemy through front companies. That is why we are grateful to our partners for their willingness to cooperate and sign a memorandum that will allow us to implement these restriction mechanisms,” Chernogorenko said.

Earlier, it was reported that satellite imagery from American companies such as Planet or Maxar could be used to conduct missile strikes in the rear of Ukraine, which could be ordered through intermediaries.

In addition, on September 20, 2022, the Serhiy Prytula Charitable Foundation handed over a spacecraft to the DIU, which played a significant role in the defense of Ukrainian territory, especially in the attack on Sevastopol Bay on September 13, 2023.

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