Elon Musk breaks quiet over supplying Starlink to Russia

At least 20,000 Starlink terminals donated by Elon Musk to Ukraine after Russia's military operation

Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, has disclosed intentions to give Russia the Starlink satellite, which Ukrainian soldiers are now using on the battlefield.

Elon Musk wrote Sunday on social media platform X — formerly called Twitter: “Several false news reports claim that SpaceX is selling Starlink terminals to Russia. To the best of our knowledge, no Starlinks have been sold directly or indirectly to Russia.”

The CEO of Tesla and X — was asked if his satellite technology Starlink can be activated from Russia. The world’s richest person replied that “Starlink satellites will not close the link in Russia.”

The 52-year-old made the statements in response to Ukraine’s assertions that Vladimir Putin’s forces are attempting to use Starlink satellites on the battlefield against Kyiv.

Russia launched a special military operation against Ukraine in February 2022, and the bilateral standoff continues with thousands killed and millions displaced.

Ukraine’s Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense (GUR) reported Sunday that its forces intercepted a discussion between Russian soldiers.

In a reported 15-second clip, a person is heard saying in Russian, “Starlink is working, we have internet [access].”

Andrey Yusov, a GUR official, stated that Russian troops are routinely utilizing Starlink terminals.

Defense One reported this week, citing Ukrainian sources, that Kyiv’s military first spotted Russia’s use of Starlink “several months ago.”

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Russia did not remark in response to Ukraine’s charges. Separately, Elon Musk’s firm SpaceX issued a statement on Thursday stating that it “does not do business of any kind with the Russian government or its military” and has “never sold or marketed Starlink in Russia, nor has it shipped equipment to locations in Russia.”

The CEO of Starlink gave at least 20,000 terminals to Ukraine following Russia’s military assault.

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