Elon Musk Answers Ukrainian Vice PM’s Plea: Starlink Satellite Service Is Activated in Ukraine

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted Saturday evening that the company’s Starlink satellite internet service “is now active in Ukraine” with “more terminals en route.”

Musk’s announcement came in direct response to a plea from a Ukrainian government official for more Starlink stations amid a Russian invasion that disrupted Ukraine’s internet services.

“While you try to colonize Mars — Russia try to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people!” Mykhailo Fedorov, the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, tweeted at Musk earlier on Saturday. “We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and to address sane Russians to stand.”

Musk responded just 10 hours later, saying he had granted the request. It wasn’t immediately clear how widely accessible the Starlink service would be in Ukraine.

In response to Musk’s announcement, the official Twitter account for Ukraine tweeted, “Thanx, appreciate it.”

Internet connectivity throughout Ukraine has been affected by the invasion, though the extent wasn’t immediately clear on Saturday. Connectivity to the country’s main internet provider even briefly plunged by 20% on Friday, internet monitors told Reuters, adding that it was unclear how much of that was caused by Ukrainians fleeing their homes.

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