SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said his space company’s Starlink satellite internet service is available in Ukraine and more terminals to use it are on the way.
He made the statement on Twitter on Saturday after being asked by a Ukrainian government official if SpaceX could provide more Starlink services to the country after Russian troops invaded Ukraine last week.
Ukraine has seen “significant disruptions” in the capital city of Kyiv and across much of the country due to Russian military operations and the ensuing fighting, reported the monitoring group Netblocks on Thursday.
“@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! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and to address sane Russians to stand,” Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov, who is also the country’s minister of digital transformation, asked Musk on Twitter Saturday.
“Starlink service is now active in Ukraine,” Musk replied. “More terminals en route.”
Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 26, 2022
SpaceX’s Starlink service offers high-speed broadband access via a massive constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit and is designed to ultimately provide coverage anywhere on Earth, focusing on remote areas or undeserved regions.