It is reported that the Russian military is using SpaceX's satellite internet ``Starlink'' on the front lines of the war with Ukraine

The Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has announced that Starlink , the satellite internet developed by SpaceX, is being used on the front lines of the Russian military's invasion of Ukraine. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk responded to this and asserted that ``SpaceX will not sell Starlink terminals to Russia.''

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Starlink uses artificial satellites deployed in low Earth orbit to provide Internet access even in areas without terrestrial communications infrastructure. Therefore, when Russia's invasion put Ukraine's communications infrastructure at risk, SpaceX immediately made Starlink available in Ukraine to support Ukraine in a difficult situation.

Satellite internet 'Starlink' will be available in Ukraine in no time at the direction of Elon Musk - GIGAZINE

Eventually, Ukraine began to use Starlink not only for regular internet communications, but also for attacks against Russian forces . However, in February 2023, SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell commented on Ukraine's military use of Starlink, saying, ``The Starlink satellite internet service was never intended to be weaponized.'' ', expressing a negative opinion .

Musk's biographical book, Elon Musk , published in September 2023, describes how Musk built the Starlink network around the Crimean coast to prevent Ukrainian unmanned submarines from attacking Russian warships. It is recorded that he was ordered to stop.

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Meanwhile, Russian media COMNEWS reported on February 5, 2024 that a Russian vendor is purchasing Starlink terminals via Dubai. In addition, there were a number of reports that Russian volunteer groups had purchased Starlink terminals, and that the Ukrainian military confirmed that Russian troops on the front lines were using dozens of Starlink terminals.

On February 10, the Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine announced on the social media site Telegram that radio intercepts confirmed the use of Starlink by the Russian military deployed to the occupied territory of Donetsk Oblast in eastern Ukraine. . Spokesman for the Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Andriy Yusov, told the media: ``There are documented cases of the use of these terminals (Starlink terminals) by the Russian occupiers. This is beginning to take on a systematic character. ” and reports that the use of Starlink by the Russian military is becoming orderly.

Amid questions about the use of Starlink by the Russian military, SpaceX said, ``We do not do business of any kind with the Russian government or military. Starlink is not active in Russia and is not in service in Russia.'' does not work. SpaceX has never sold or marketed Starlink in Russia, and has never shipped devices to locations within Russia. Also, you cannot purchase Starlink in Dubai, and Starlink does not ship to Dubai.Furthermore, Starlink does not allow third party intermediaries, resellers, or distributors of any kind to sell Starlink in Dubai.Starlink terminals are sanctioned. 'If we receive information that is being used by a targeted or unauthorized entity, SpaceX will investigate the allegation and take steps to disable the device if confirmed.' Did. The front line of the Russian military is not within Russia but within the territory of Ukraine, and SpaceX has not mentioned the possibility of the Russian military using Starlink within the territory of Ukraine.

Musk also said, 'Many false reports claim that SpaceX is selling Starlink terminals to Russia. This is completely false. As far as we know, Starlink is not directly or indirectly selling Starlink terminals to Russia. It has never been sold.”

On the other hand, Russian Presidential Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters on February 12, ``Starlink is not a system certified by the Russian government and cannot be officially supplied, nor will it be officially supplied.'' However, it is not. Therefore, it cannot be used officially at all.'

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