Elon Musk denies selling Starlink to Russia after Ukraine demands its use in war | Technology news
Moscow says SpaceX’s Internet service “cannot be officially used here in any way.”
Elon Musk has denied selling his Starlink internet service to Russia after Ukraine claimed the terminals were being used by Russian forces on the front lines of the war.
“A number of fake news reports claim that SpaceX is selling Starlink terminals to Russia. This is categorically not true,” Musk, who leads SpaceX and several other companies including Tesla, said in a post on X on Monday.
“To our knowledge, no Starlinks have been sold directly or indirectly to Russia.”
Moscow also rejected Kiev’s claims that Starlink stations had been smuggled into Russia and used on a “systematic” basis in Russian-occupied Donetsk.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Starlink is not approved for use in Russia.
“It cannot be officially supplied here and is not officially supplied here,” Peskov told reporters on Monday.
Sunday, Ukrainian military intelligence agency GUR said that intercepted conversations between Russian forces revealed the deployment of Starlink stations among forces operating near the cities of Klyshchevka and Andrievka..
Starlink stations enter Russia through parallel import, not official channels, GUR spokesman Andrey Yusov said on state television.
Starlink said in a post on X last week that it “does not do any type of business with the Russian government or its military” and that the service “will not operate” in the country.
The Ukrainian military credited Starlink with allowing its forces to communicate, gather intelligence, and coordinate attacks more quickly and safely than could be achieved using wireless or telephone communications.
Last year, Musk came under scrutiny after it emerged that he had rejected a request from Ukraine to activate Starlink to assist in a surprise attack on the Russian fleet in the port of Sevastopol in Crimea.
Musk said he rejected the request, which was first mentioned in excerpts from Walter Isaacson’s biography of the billionaire, because it would have made him “overtly complicit in a major act of war and escalation of conflict.”
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