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Musk says Starlink works in Ukraine as Russian invasion disrupts Internet

FILE PHOTO: SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during a chat with legendary game designer Todd Howard at the E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles
FILE PHOTO: SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during a conversation with legendary game designer Todd Howard (not pictured) at the E3 gaming conference in Los Angeles, California, United States Ky, June 13, 2019. REUTERS / Mike Blake

February 28, 2022

By Hyunjoo Jin

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk said on Saturday that the company’s Starlink satellite broadband service is already available in Ukraine and that SpaceX is sending more terminals to the country, where The internet was disrupted due to the Russian invasion.

“The Starlink service is currently operating in Ukraine. More terminals are on their way,” Musk wrote on Twitter.

He was responding to a tweet by a Ukrainian government official who asked Musk to supply the struggling country with Starlink stations.

“@Elonmusk, while you try to colonize Mars – Russia tries to take Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space – Russian rockets hit Ukrainian civilians! ” Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Mykhailo Fedorov, tweeted.

Internet connections in Ukraine have been affected by the Russian invasion, especially in the southern and eastern regions of the country, where fighting has been heaviest, internet monitors said on Thursday. Seven.

Although extremely expensive to deploy, satellite technology can provide internet to people living in rural or hard-to-reach places where fiber optics and cell towers cannot reach. The technology could also be an important step back when hurricanes or other natural disasters disrupt communications.

Musk said on January 15 that SpaceX has 1,469 active Starlink satellites and that 272 satellites will soon move into operational orbit.

(Reporting by Hyunjoo Jin; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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