Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, has debunked reports circulating as false news claiming that the Russian military has obtained access to Starlink satellite Internet and is using it in the war zone in Ukraine.

Musk clarified on the social media platform X (formerly Twitter, owned by Musk’s company) that SpaceX has not sold any Starlink terminals to Russia directly or indirectly.

“A number of false news reports claim that SpaceX is selling Starlink terminals to Russia. This is categorically false. To the best of our knowledge, no Starlinks have been sold directly or indirectly to Russia,” he wrote on X.

When asked whether Russia could potentially utilize Starlink terminals acquired through intermediaries, Musk did not provide a direct response.

However, Ukraine’s Military Intelligence (HUR) on Sunday, Feb. 11, reported that the Russian military is indeed employing Starlink satellite communication systems in the occupied territories of Ukraine.

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HUR released intercepted radio communications purportedly from Russian military personnel discussing the use of Starlink terminals by the 83rd airborne assault brigade in the Donetsk region for establishing Internet access.

Prior to that, on Friday, Feb. 9, the Defense One outlet had already reported that the Russian military had begun using Starlink services for communication several months ago.

This image, annotated to highlight a Starlink terminal, was provided by a Ukrainian source who called it a screenshot of video from a Ukrainian drone participating in a strike on a Russian position inside Ukraine.

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It’s believed that Starlink terminals with activated accounts are being supplied to Russia en masse through Dubai.

SpaceX has stated that it does not engage in business with the Russian government or its armed forces. They emphasized that Starlink service is not available in Russia and clarified that they do not operate in Dubai.

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Amid Russia’s full-scale invasion, SpaceX has deployed the Starlink network in Ukraine and donated or supplied thousands of satellite Internet terminals to local authorities, with funding coming from the American government and volunteers.

The Starlink Saga

According to the biography of Elon Musk, written by Walter Isaacson, in 2022, the founder of SpaceX secretly instructed his employees to turn off Starlink satellites near the coast of the annexed Crimea. This maneuver aimed to disrupt a potential assault by the Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU) against the Russian Navy.

Ukrainian authorities attempted to persuade Musk to restore satellite operations, only to face refusal. Musk’s cited response was that Kyiv had gone “too far” with its intentions.

Consequently, drones deprived of communication were propelled ashore, as reported by CNN.

According to Isaacson’s account, Musk’s decision was out of fear that the Russian authorities might respond to this “Mini Pearl Harbor” with nuclear weaponry. The book attributes this fear to Musk’s conversations with “senior Russian officials.”

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Musk himself stated that Starlink does not work in Crimea and he refused the Ukrainian military’s request to turn on the system since his company “would be directly involved in the war and the escalation of the conflict.”

In February 2023, SpaceX banned the Ukrainian military from using Starlink for offensive purposes, including drone control. In July of the same year, The New York Times wrote, citing people “familiar with the situation,” that SpaceX was restricting the operation of satellites in the war zone.

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John
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@Joseph Swanson, Very revealing. I post documented comments / deeds by Elon (some eerily similar in tact / content to those of putin rump). Rather than provide a counter argument, you attempt to bully with profanity (good luck with that), but as always provide no facts.

Now from your many other posts on Kyivpost, All Ukraine supporter know you are a MRGA paid troll (also known as "Jack Griffin"). So we come to expect this lack of credible or thoughtful response.

However Elon's ties to Putin remain more in the grey area in many folks minds. He's done some valuable things for Ukraine and the USA. He's also done stuff to undermine each. I don't decisively know myself ...but suspicions and a concerning trail seem to be growingly concerning other more informed folks.

So the question allies all need to ask themselves now is why is it important to putin's known MRGA trolls, to lash out an anyone who questions Elon intent?

What is Elon's value to putin rump? Has Ukraine's Starlink network been knowingly compromised?

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Joseph Swanson
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John, Mark, two troll pieces of shit.

John
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@Joseph Swanson, Very revealing. I post documented comments / deeds by Elon (some eerily similar in tact / content to those of putin rump). Rather than provide a counter argument, you attempt to bully with profanity (good luck with that), but as always provide no facts.

Now from your many other posts on Kyivpost, All Ukraine supporter know you are a MRGA paid troll (also known as "Jack Griffin"). So we come to expect this lack of credible or thoughtful response.

However Elon's ties to Putin remain more in the grey area in many folks minds. He's done some valuable things for Ukraine and the USA. He's also done stuff to undermine each. I don't decisively know myself ...but suspicions and a concerning trail seem to be growingly concerning other more informed folks.

So the question allies all need to ask themselves now is why is it important to putin's known MRGA trolls, to lash out an anyone who questions Elon intent?

What is Elon's value to putin rump? Has Ukraine's Starlink network been knowingly compromised?

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Mark
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Elon Muskovite is a pro-russian and his buddy vladolf putler has taught him well on how to lie and avoid telling the truth. They both think the people of the world are dumb and continually try to insult our intelligence.

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John
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Elon, like putinrump are probably both students of putin 'vyrano' indoctrination where each frequently tells obvious lies. They know intelligent folks know they are lies but they will shortly become 'social media facts' for the brainwashable MRGA cult when promoted enough. These conmen push a strikingly similar narrative. Which do you think actually made this collection of statements:

- Amplifying negative false news about Ukraine and NATO.
- Claiming in March 2020 that people worried about the coronavirus were “dumb”
- Predicting on March 19, 2020, that the U.S. was going to have “close to zero new cases” by the end of April
- Questioning the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines.
- Saying the U.S. government shouldn‘t provide subsidies to companies after receiving government subsidies himself.
- Using social media to engage in fraud or sow discord
- Tweeting misogynistic or age discriminatory things to political leaders that said he should pay more in taxes.
- Tweeting factory workers should lose their stock options if they unionized.
- Likening Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau to hitler
- Baselessly accusing others of crimes because these folks simply countered their ideas.

Thats a tough question, so I'll give you the answer. The above are all attributed to Elon in various western media.

Yep...putin, putinrump and elon. 3 pee in a pod.

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