Elon Musk Activates Starlink Service in Ukraine After Minister Urges Action
Mykhailo Fedorov tweeted to Musk that while he was trying to colonise Mars, Russia was trying to occupy Ukraine.
As Russia's assault on Ukraine continues, Tesla and SpaceX boss Elon Musk said on Saturday, 26 February, that SpaceX's Starlink satellite broadband service has been activated in Ukraine.
The decision came after a Ukrainian government official urged the billionaire on Twitter to aid his country by providing Starlink services.
Ukrainian Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov had tweeted to Musk that while he was trying to colonise Mars, Russia was trying to occupy Ukraine.
"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, addressing Musk.
In response to the minister's request, Musk tweeted, "Starlink service is now active in Ukraine," further adding that "more terminals en route."
Starlink is a satellite internet constellation that provides satellite internet access.
Internet activity has been disrupted in Ukraine by the Russian invasion.
Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, after recognising Donetsk and Luhansk as "republics" independent from Ukraine.
The Russia-Ukraine crisis is Europe's largest military trouble since the Second World War. Our coverage of the same can be follow here.
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