News: Spy satellites, a decisive tool against war crimes

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  Les satellites espions, un outil décisif contre les crimes de guerre © Leon Klein / Anadolu Agency / Anadolu Agency via AFP

C ' is one of the direct consequences of the war in Ukraine. As international mail explains, the role of commercial spy satellites has increased considerably since the beginning of the Russian invasion in the country on February 24. In particular, producing high resolution photographs and radar images of the Russian army movements, these technologies, used by international bodies and human rights organizations, come to investigate war crimes and targeting civilians by the Russian armed forces, to Boutha and Maroupol in particular.

concretely, since the beginning of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, commercial spy satellites harvest images on the different public bombed places, such as schools and hospitals, and also contribute to identifying military units that would have been guilty of targeting directly from civilians. The data collected allows the investigators of the International Criminal Court and the United Nations, sent on the ground, to rely on evidence before possible trial.

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"There is truth in the image," said Steve Butow, in charge of spatial imaging for the Defense Innovation Unit, a Pentagon agency, at the Grand Annual Gathering of the Patrons of the Space Industry, who was held in early April in the United States. "We know where hospitals are, schools, and the analysis of our data shows that these are very specific sites that are targeted. This is not Western propaganda. [Satellites] are able to show very exactly what happens on the ground, "he also explains

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" The investigation begins "now"

recently, The International Criminal Court has opened a survey on war crimes in Ukraine. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, also called on the international community to coordinate to gather evidence, denouncing the destruction of civilian areas and rapes and other human rights violations that Russian soldiers would have committed.

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international mail also highlights that commercial spy satellites are now an integral part of armed conflict around the world, with spectacular technical progress in recent years with the improvement of the resolution of the images. The case of the war in Ukraine is specific because the survey can be carried out in real time because satellite data are now free of access and no longer reserved only for intelligence agencies.

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"The trials may not be held immediately, but the investigation, it begins now. Real-time information is harvested, and investigators get to work even as the conflict is raging, "says our colleagues Andrew Zolli, the specialized company Planet Labs. Commercial spy satellites are therefore more than ever a decisive tool to argue to denounce war crimes and their use should expand and improve in the coming decades.

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