Elon Musk’s SpaceX delivered terminals for Starlink satellite internet to Ukraine in order to help its citizens stay online during Russia’s invasion of the country, a Ukrainian official confirmed Monday.
“Starlink — here. Thanks, @elonmusk,” Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s minister of digital transformation, tweeted Monday along with a photo that appeared to show a truck loaded with Starlink internet terminals.
— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) February 28, 2022
Musk replied to Fedorov’s tweet, telling the Ukrainian politician that he was “most welcome.” (RELATED: US Tech Companies Crack Down On Russian State-Backed Media Despite Kremlin Pressure)
Musk had previously promised to deliver more internet terminals to Ukraine after announcing Starlink service was active in Ukraine, following a plea from Fedorov to help Ukrainians retain internet access.
@elonmusk, while you try to colonize Mars — Russia try to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and to address sane Russians to stand.
— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) February 26, 2022
Starlink is a satellite-based internet system that does not rely on traditional, terrestrial-based internet infrastructure like fiber optic cables and towers, allowing it to be accessed by citizens without fear of being cut off due to damaged equipment.
The delivery comes as Russia has looked to target Ukraine’s access to the internet as part of its assault on the country. Microsoft thwarted an attack on Ukrainian internet infrastructure preceding Russia’s invasion, while other U.S. tech companies have cracked down on hackers using their platforms to locate and attack targets.
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