Musk denies selling Starlink terminals to Russia after Kyiv claims they were used

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A Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Starlink mission from Florida on February 27, 2023.


Ukraine’s main military intelligence agency accused Russian forces of using Starlink terminals made by Elon Musk’s SpaceX in residential areas.

Starlink has been convincing that their satellite networks were never operational or marketed in Russia, after their terminals were delivered to Ukraine after the February 2022 invasion, to conduct battle communications for Ukrainian forces.

“There are several false reports that SpaceX is selling Starlink terminals to Russia. This is definitely fake,” Musk posted Sunday on the X social media platform, which he also owns.

“As far as we know, Starlinks have not been sold directly or indirectly to Russia. “

Kyiv’s Central Intelligence Agency (GUR) said on Sunday that there was strong evidence that the equipment used by Russian forces was in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk, which was partially occupied.

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“Yes, cases have been registered about the use of these devices by residents of Russia. This is starting to take on a systemic nature,” said GUR spokesman Andriy Yusov to RBC-Ukraine.

In a statement on its website, the GUR said radio intercepts of conversations between Russian forces showed that Starlink terminals had been installed in units of Russia’s 83rd assault group operating in Donetsk near the towns of Klischiivka and Andriivka.

Russia’s defense ministry did not immediately respond when CNBC reached out for comment. The Kremlin said on Monday that Starlink had not been certified for use in Russia, nor had it been officially handed over to its forces, so it could not be used, according to Reuters.

In a post on X on February 8, Starlink said “SpaceX does not do business of any kind with the Russian Government or its military. “

“Starlink is not active in Russia, meaning that service will not work in that country. SpaceX has never sold or marketed Starlink in Russia, nor has it shipped equipment to locations in Russia. If Russian sources say they will sell Starlink for service in that country. , they are scamming their customers.”

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