Elon Musk Hears Kyiv’s Call, Activates Starlink Service in Ukraine – Elon Musk, a billionaire and crypto influencer from the United States, announced the activation of Starlink for Ukraine on social media. Spacex, Musk’s aerospace manufacturer and provider of space transportation services, is in charge of the satellite internet constellation.
The entrepreneur also stated on Twitter that the company is supplying the essential equipment to Ukrainians. Starlink’s low-orbit satellites deliver high-speed broadband internet to users all over the world, but access to the network necessitates the use of a special antenna and modem.
Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Transformation, addressed Musk directly on Twitter earlier on Saturday.
Russia started a military assault on Ukraine on February 24 on President Putin’s orders. Russian forces have advanced since then, encircling major Ukrainian cities.
Authorities, people, and members of the crypto community are concerned that the country’s ability to communicate with the rest of the world may be jeopardized.
According to AFP, since the start of Russian military activities in the nation, internet watchdog Netblocks has recorded “a series of substantial disruptions to internet service.” While Starlink has over 2,000 satellites, it was uncertain whether Ukrainians would be able to use the service at first.
“Starlink terminals will be installed in Ukraine!” Thank you, @elonmusk, and everyone else that backed Ukraine!” Fedorov responded to Musk’s remark with a tweet.
The official also thanked Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Oksana Markarova for making “quick decisions pertaining to authorization and certification that allowed us to activate the Starlink.”
Ukraine, which was on the approach of regulating digital assets when the Russian military offensive began, has also requested crypto donations to aid its defense effort. Come Back Alive, one of the main NGOs helping the country’s troops, has already received millions of dollars in bitcoin.