Elon Musk enables Starlink satellites to ensure Internet avaliability in Ukraine
Elon Musk said Saturday that the Starlink satellite internet service provided by his business SpaceX has been enabled in Ukraine, after an appeal from a Kyiv official to the tech mogul to supply stations to his troubled nation.
“Starlink service is now active in Ukraine,” Musk tweeted, adding “more terminals en route.”
The post occurred around ten hours after Ukrainian Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov encouraged Musk to supply Starlink services to the country, which had been invaded by neighboring Russia only days before the tweet.
“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,” Fedorov tweeted at Musk.
The billionaire, he said, should “urge rational Russians to rise up” against their government’s invasion of their country.
Since Russia began military activities in Ukraine on Thursday, according to the internet monitoring website NetBlocks, the nation has seen a “series of major interruptions to internet access.”
Starlink is a satellite constellation consisting of more than 2,000 satellites that aims to give internet connectivity to people all over the world.
The business launched another 50 Starlink satellites on Friday, and many more are expected to be launched into Earth’s orbit in the coming months.