The billionaire assures that his satellite internet connection system is the only one that can help the Ukrainian army against Russia.
Is Elon Musk’s support for Ukraine sincere or is it a communication stunt? This is the question that was asked by a CNN article, revealing that the boss of SpaceX no longer wanted to pay to help Ukraine. For several months, SpaceX’s satellite internet connection service, called Starlink, has been activated in the country to help the army communicate, despite the destruction of conventional telecom infrastructure. But according to a letter revealed by CNN, SpaceX now wants the American authorities to settle the bill for the service, which will amount to 400 million dollars over the next twelve months.
“Starlink could disappear”
Information that greatly irritated Elon Musk: despite the financial participation of many countries to deploy Starlink in Ukraine, he rocks that SpaceX funds Ukrainian communications out of its own funds to the tune of $20 million per month. On Twitter, he multiplied the tweets to evoke the sincerity of his support for Ukraine.
“Starlink is the main means of communication for the Ukrainian army on the front lines. If anyone wants the job, take it” quipped Musk, after ensuring that all other systems were out of order.
“Russia wants Starlink’s skin. To protect itself, Starlink invests a lot in protective measures. But even with that, Starlink could disappear,” warns Elon Musk.
Statements which have, it seems, calmed the exchanges with the Ukrainian power. After being insulted by officials of the country by proposing a peace plan based on Russian demands, Elon Musk was finally greeted by the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister, also in charge of digital, Mykhailo Fedorov.
“Elon Musk is indisputably one of the main private donors for Ukraine. Starlink is an essential element of our critical infrastructure,” he said.
A message hailed by Elon Musk, who thanked him for this clarification.