The richest man in the world, Elon Musk, announced that the satellite Internet service Starlink, of his company SpaceX, is available in Ukraine and that it sends a number of terminals in that country.
In most parts of Ukraine, including the capital Kiev, the internet connection was cut off after the Russian army entered the country and shelled key infrastructure, reports CNBC.
Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister of Digital Transformation Mikhail Fedorov addressed Musk with the following message: “While you are trying to colonize Mars – Russia is trying to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space – Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civilians! “Please provide Starlink stations in Ukraine and ask the normal Russians to stop.”
Musk responded to Fedor’s Twitter message late Saturday: “The Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. “More terminals on the way.”
The Starlink satellite service aims to provide Internet access in regions of the world that are not currently served by broadband providers. It allows people to connect to the Internet via a satellite dish mounted on or near an object that receives a signal from SpaceX satellites launched into orbit and from ground stations.