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Three Russian cosmonauts wear the colours of Ukrainian flag on space station

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Three Russian cosmonauts have arrived at the International Space Station wearing the colours of the Ukrainian flag.

The Soyuz capsule carrying Commander Oleg Artemyev as well as Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov docked at the orbiting platform three hours after take off.

Their arrival comes amid strong tensions between the US and Russia over the invasion of Ukraine.

In a twist, the new arrivals were all wearing the distinctive yellow and blue colours associated with the country Vladimir Putin’s forces invaded last month.

As the docking procedure was completed a voice from Russia’s mission control congratulated the team, according to an English translator speaking during a live Nasa webcast.

The trio will replace those set to fly back to Earth on March 30 – cosmonauts Pyotr Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov and U.S. astronaut Mark Vande Hei.

There had been concerns the Russians would refused to allow Vande Hei to travel in a Soyuz capsule and leave him marooned in space, as Putin reacted to the severe sanctions imposed by the countries in the West- including the US.

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