SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Provides Internet To Ukrainians Via Starlink Satellites
Billionaire SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk is providing satellite internet access to Ukraine following a plea from the country’s vice prime minister.
“Elon Musk, while you try to colonise Mars — Russia try to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people!” Ukraine’s vice prime minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, tweeted.
Internet connectivity in Ukraine has been heavily impacted by the Russia invasion, particularly in the south and east of the country where fighting has been most severe.
Musk has launched over 2,000 Starlink satellites designed to deliver internet connection to hard-to-reach places around the globe. The technology can be a critical fallback when natural disasters, or indeed war, disrupt communications.
Within 10 hours of Fedorov’s tweet, Musk replied: “Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route.”
“Starlink terminals are coming to Ukraine! Thank you Elon Musk, thank you everyone, who supported Ukraine!” Fedorov tweeted in response.