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Russia today used one of its three remaining Rokot rockets to launch three military communications satellites.
They no longer make Rokot because it uses Ukrainian equipment.
The leaders in the 2018 launch race:
9 Europe (Arianespace)
China remains ahead of the U.S. 33 to 30 in the national rankings.