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Elon Musk recommits SpaceX to providing Ukraine with satellite web

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Elon Musk has appeared to recommit SpaceX to providing Starlink satellite web terminals to Ukraine, days after he complained it was too expensive for his company.

The billionaire has said that providing the war-torn country with 20,000 units has already cost SpaceX $80m, and can top $100m by the tip of 2022.

But on Saturday the Tesla boss, who has a private fortune of around $198bn, took to Twitter to suggest that SpaceX will proceed to fund the programme.

“The hell with it … although Starlink remains to be losing money & other firms are getting billions of taxpayer $, we’ll just keep funding Ukraine govt free of charge,” tweeted Mr Musk.

Enterprise capital investor David Sacks, replied to Mr Musk that “no good deed goes unpunished.”

And Mr Musk, who’s currently attempting to buy Twitter for $44bn, told him, “Even so, we should always still do good deeds”

Last month SpaceX wrote to the Pentagon asking the US military to cover its costs which it estimates at nearly $400m for the following 12 months, in keeping with CNN.

“We aren’t able to further donate terminals to Ukraine, or fund the present terminals for an indefinite time frame,” SpaceX’s director of presidency sales wrote to the Pentagon within the September letter.

The hell with it … although Starlink remains to be losing money & other firms are getting billions of taxpayer $, we’ll just keep funding Ukraine govt free of charge

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 15, 2022

In a separate cover letter to the Pentagon, an out of doors consultant working for SpaceX wrote, “SpaceX faces terribly difficult decisions here. I don’t think they’ve the financial ability to offer any additional terminals or service as requested by General Zaluzhniy.”

The Starlink controversy became public within the wake of Mr Musk suggesting a peace plan for Ukraine and Russia, and being told to “f*** off” publicly by Ukraine’s outgoing ambassador to Germany, Andrij Melnyk.

SpaceX’s Starlink network of Web-beaming satellites has helped keep Ukraine connected throughout the conflict.

Just two days after Russian tanks crossed into the country in February, Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s vice prime minister tweeted directly at Mr Musk, urging him to send Starlink equipment.

Just two days after Russian tanks crossed into the country in February, Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s vice prime minister tweeted directly at Mr Musk, urging him to send Starlink equipment.

“(Elon Musk) while you are attempting to colonize Mars — Russia attempt to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people! We ask you to offer Ukraine with Starlink stations and to deal with sane Russians to face,” tweeted Mr Fedorov.

Just hours later, Mr Musk, replied: “Starlink service is now lively in Ukraine. More terminals en route.”

And two days after that the politician posted an image of the primary shipment arriving in Ukraine.

“Starlink — here. Thanks, (Elon Musk),” tweeted Mr Fedorov.

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