Elon Musk activates Starlink in Ukraine

Starlink is now active in Ukraine, Elon Musk announced after Ukraine’s deputy prime minister asked billionaire SpaceX on Saturday to help the beleaguered country with communications satellites.

“Starlink service is now active in Ukraine”, Musk tweeted about 10 hours after calling for help. “More terminals along the way.”

The answer came after Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov asked the controversial business tycoon for Starlink stations.

“@elonmusk, while you are trying to colonize Mars, Russia is trying to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets are successfully landing from space, Russian rockets are attacking Ukrainian civilians!” Mykhailo Fedorov tweeted, posting which he later shared on his Telegram account, “We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and invite sane Russians to stand up.”

Musk’s response also came as Ukraine faced a third day of assaults from Russia and troops continued their assault on Kiev.

Starlink satellites are increasing broadband service in parts of the world and could provide data links to parts of Ukraine that no longer have internet access.
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Elon Musk announced the activation of Starlink in Ukraine 10 hours after the call for help.
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Musk has via SpaceX launched thousands of Starlink satellites into Earth orbit, boosting broadband service in parts of the world. Satellites help transport large amounts of information quickly to any point on Earth, obviating the need for fiber optic cables.

The satellites could provide data links to areas of Ukraine that lost internet access during the war. Russia’s attacks on cities across Ukraine have left parts of the country with internet blackouts.

Russia’s full-fledged war against Ukraine began on Wednesday when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation”.

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