Elon Musk’s deployment of 1000’s of “Starlink” satellite web terminals to Ukraine has been a serious boon for soldiers resisting the brutal Russian invasion – with one top US general stating that the service has helped Ukrainians stay connected to the West.
Ukrainian soldiers have reportedly used the SpaceX-operated web system to coordinate military motion in addition to to remain in contact with their families – despite Russia’s efforts to sever communications.
Starlink has also helped Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to speak directly together with his countrymen despite heavy Russian bombardments targeting infrastructure.
“The strategic impact is, it totally destroyed [Vladimir] Putin’s information campaign,” Brig. Gen. Steve Butow, director of the space portfolio on the Defense Innovation Unit, told Politico. “He never, to today, has been in a position to silence Zelenskyy.”
Musk has touted Starlink, which has greater than 400,000 global subscribers, as a source of high-speed, low-cost broadband web in areas that previously lacked reliable service.
However the billionaire began shipping Starlink terminals to Ukraine in late February and the request of Ukrainian government officials who feared Russia would cut off traditional web access.
Ukraine has greater than 11,000 Starlink terminals.NurPhoto via Getty Images
“We’ve got greater than 11,000 Starlink stations they usually help us in our on a regular basis fight on all of the fronts,” Ukraine’s vice prime minister Mykhailo Fedorov told Politico. “We’re ready, even when there isn’t any light, no fixed web, through generators using Starlink, to renew any connection in Ukraine.”
The report provided the newest account of Starlink’s impact on the bottom in Ukraine, greater than 100 days after the Russian invasion began.
In April, a Ukrainian solider identified as “Dima” told journalist David Patrikarakos that the service was playing a key role within the resistance.
Elon Musk is CEO of SpaceX, the parent company of Starlink.AP/Susan Walsh
“I need to say one thing: @elonmusk’s Starlink is what modified the war in #Ukraine’s favor. #Russia went out of its solution to blow up all our comms. Now they’ll’t. Starlink works under Katyusha fire, under artillery fire,” the soldier said, in line with Patrikarakos’ Twitter thread detailing their interview.
And in March, the Times of London reported that Starlink was helping the Ukrainian military use drones to focus on and destroy Russian tanks.
Dmitry Rogozin, the pinnacle of Russian space agency Roscosmos, has been openly critical of Musk’s decision to offer web access – griping that the billionaire had “chosen a side” despite the fact that SpaceX was a civilian firm.
Musk fired back in response to Rogozin’s remarks.
“Ukraine civilian Web was experiencing strange outages – bad weather perhaps? – so SpaceX helps fix it,” Musk tweeted on March 3.