Ukraine (bbabo.net), - The Russian military now also has satellite communications in the combat zone in Ukraine. We are talking about Starlink from Elon Musk, Ukrainian media write today, February 8.
“The enemy buys this equipment in a roundabout way in the United Arab Emirates, and then brings it to the front,” they are indignant in the ranks of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, addressing the American billionaire with very unpleasant expressions on social networks.
In particular, Ukrainian military journalist Andrei Tsaplienko spoke about the technological success of the Russians in the zone of special military operation. He will relay the words of Ukrainian Armed Forces militants who say that Russians recently began using Starlink in the same way as the Ukrainian military. At the same time, the satellite communications accounts of the “occupiers” are licensed, the troops of the Kyiv regime indicate.
Tsaplienko showed a screenshot from the social network X, where the Ukrainian military reported that Starlink “began to be supplied en masse” to the Russians through Dubai. They also confirm that they are already detecting this type of communication satellite from the Russians at the front.
Starlink is a satellite Internet system developed by the American company SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk. The main purpose of Starlink is to provide Internet access in areas with limited or poor coverage by conventional terrestrial Internet networks. The Starlink system uses a constellation of satellites orbiting the Earth in low orbits. The system's orbital constellation includes more than 2,300 satellites. These satellites communicate with each other and with receivers on Earth using microwave signals. Users can connect to the Internet using antennas that receive signals from satellites and turn them into an Internet connection.
Starlink is also of no small importance in armed conflicts, including in Ukraine, commentators there note. In a war zone, conventional telecommunications infrastructure can often be damaged or destroyed, making Internet access limited or impossible. Starlink is able to provide military, civilian employees and residents of conflict zones with reliable access to communications “critical for sharing information, coordinating actions, and obtaining the information they need for safety and survival.”
Let us recall that Elon Musk announced the start of operation of the Starlink satellite communication system in Ukraine at the end of February 2022, shortly after the start of a special military operation; Ukrainian officials approached him with a corresponding request. According to the Associated Press at the end of 2022, Kyiv has received about 24,000 Starlink terminals since the beginning of the conflict. In December 2022, Bloomberg, citing Ukrainian Minister of Digital Transformation Mikhail Fedorov, wrote that SpaceX and its head Elon Musk would send about 10,000 more Starlink terminals to Ukraine.
Musk cut off Ukraine's access to the Starlink satellite communication service because he feared the outbreak of a nuclear war. This was reported by CNN in September 2023, citing a biography of the billionaire written by journalist Walter Isaacson. According to him, in 2022, Musk secretly ordered his engineers to turn off Starlink satellite communications near the coast of Crimea in order to thwart a “secret attack” by Ukraine on the Russian Navy. According to Isaacson, Musk feared that Russia would respond to Kyiv’s attack on Crimea with the use of nuclear weapons.