08:54 02 Apr 2024

Russian troops to face limits on Starlink terminal usage soon – Vice PM Fedorov

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Soon, Russian troops will be "maximum limited" in using Starlink terminals.

In an interview with Welt, Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine's Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation, stated this.

He claims that the Russians have begun utilizing the terminals, but it is not widespread since they are "allegedly obtained from third countries."

"We have found a solution to the problem. Ukraine will continue to use Starlink, and the Russians will be as limited as possible in its use. All the necessary decisions have already been made. We will see the result shortly," the head of the ministry said.

Fedorov also mentioned that he is in contact with Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX, "if needed," and their teams collaborate.

"Now we have stable deliveries from Starlink. Our partners help us with this. SpaceX quickly responds to any problems. At the operational level, our teams cooperate effectively," the minister of digital transformation noted.

When asked by a journalist whether Musk is on the side of Ukraine, the Ukrainian minister emphasized:

"I believe in it."

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It's worth mentioning that Defense One, an American publication, recently reported that the Russians have started utilizing Elon Musk's SpaceX company's Starlink terminals at their positions. According to an anonymous source cited by the publication, Ukrainian troops first detected the use of satellite communication by Russia on the front lines several months back.

Subsequently, Ukraine's intelligence confirmed the Russian invaders' use of Starlink satellite communication systems at the front. As the intelligence officers noted, the radio interception of the occupiers' conversation indicates the installation of Starlink terminals, for example, in the units of the 83rd Separate Assault Brigade of Russia's armed forces, which operate in the Donetsk region near Klishchiivka and Andriivka.

Earlier, Elon Musk, the owner of SpaceX, mentioned that the devices were not sold to Russia.

"A number of false news claims that SpaceX is selling Starlink terminals to Russia. This is categorically false. As far as we know, Starlinks have not been sold directly or indirectly to Russia," Musk said.

Ukraine's armed forces are currently working to neutralize the Starlink threat used by the Russians at the front.

In addition, Ukraine's intelligence added that the Russian military illegally obtains Starlink satellite terminals from third countries and increases their use on the front line with Ukraine.

Russian occupiers purchase Starlink satellite Internet terminals in Arab countries, and the cost of one is 200,000 rubles.

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