Founder and Chief Engineer at SpaceX, Elon Musk, has said that the company’s Starlink satellite broadband service is available in Ukraine and SpaceX is sending more terminals to the country, whose internet has been disrupted due to the Russian invasion in the country.
SpaceX’s Starlink satellites have now been deployed over Ukraine with more on the way, according to the company’s CEO, Elon Musk, after a call for help from the country’s vice Prime Minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, on Saturday, 26th January, 2022.
“Starlink service is now active in Ukraine, more terminals en route”, Musk tweeted.
According to Reuters, Musk was responding to a tweet by a Ukraine government official who asked Musk to provide the embattled country with Starlink stations.
The government official tweeted: “@elonmusk, while you try to colonize Mars — Russia try to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people!”.
Ukraine’s Internet connectivity has been affected by the Russian invasion, mostly in the southern and eastern parts of the country where fighting has been heaviest, internet monitors said on Saturday, January 26th, 2022.
Musk had earlier said on Janunary 15, 2022, that SpaceX had 1,469 Starlink satellites active and 272 moving to operational orbits soon.
Story: Asma’u Sani