Ukrainian intelligence ‘confirms’ Russian forces using Starlink | News of war between Russia and Ukraine

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Starlink terminals, which provide high-speed communications, have been critical in enabling the Ukrainian military to attack Russian troops.

Information from Ukraine said they have confirmed that Russian forces are using the Starlink satellite internet service on the battlefield in residential areas in the east of the country.

Releasing what it said on Sunday in its confirmation, Ukrainian military intelligence said it has confirmed earlier reports that Russian troops were using terminals of Elon Musk’s satellite communications system “systematically “.

Starlink systems have been critical to Ukraine’s battlefield communications in the nearly two-year-old offensive in Russia as Kyiv has faced a larger and better-equipped military. Personal control of Starlink by a US billionaire, who regularly repeats Kremlin talking points about the conflict, remains a source of concern for Kyiv and its allies.

The terminals were brought in to help Ukraine after the February 2022 Russian invasion and have been vital to Kyiv’s battlefield communications.

After reports in Ukraine, Space X said last week that it “does not do any kind of business with the Russian government or its military”.

However, the Defense Ministry’s Central Intelligence Agency (GUR) posted an audio clip on Telegram that it said showed Russian soldiers discussing setting up bases in eastern Ukraine.

“Cases about the use of the special devices by Russian residents have been registered. It is beginning to take on a systemic nature,” GUR spokesman Andriy Yusov said.

In a statement, the group said the terminals were being used by units such as Russia’s 83rd Air Assault Brigade, which is fighting near the cities of Klishchiivka and Andriivka in the eastern region. Donetsk, which is partially occupied.

Reports from Ukraine last week said that Russia has been searching for Starlink equipment in places like Dubai.

Western technical components have been regularly found among Russia’s arsenal as Moscow has become more adept at evading sanctions, often importing goods through third countries.

A large barrage

Russian forces launched 45 drones in Ukraine overnight, Kyiv said on Sunday.

The five-and-a-half-hour attack targeted agricultural facilities and coastal infrastructure, officials for the defense forces of southern Ukraine wrote on Telegram. They said a strike in the Mykolaiv district had injured one person, started a fire and damaged nearby residential buildings.

Another person was injured in Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region when a fire started as a result of debris falling from a downed drone, said the head of the region’s military administration, Serhiy Lysak.

The strikes come as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy continues his shake-up of military commanders in an effort to maintain momentum against attacking Russian forces.

Kyiv announced that former Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Pavlyuk would become the new commander of the Ukrainian ground forces. The post was previously held by Oleksandr Syrsky, who was announced on Thursday as the replacement for Ukraine’s outgoing army chief, Valerii Zaluzhny.

A new presidential decree also named Yurii Sodol, former commander of the Ukrainian marine corps, as the new commander of the Ukrainian joint forces; Ihor Skibiuk as commander of Ukraine’s air assault forces; and Ihor Plahuta as commander of the territorial defense forces of Ukraine.

Incoming commander Syrsky has said his immediate goals include improving troop distribution on the front lines and harnessing the power of new technology at a time when which Kyiv forces are largely protected.

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