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Elon Musk’s Starlink Satellite Internet Service Helping Ukrainian Military Target Russian Forces

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The Starlink satellite internet equipment and services provided to Ukraine by the company’s fonder, Elon Musk, have given the country’s military another means of targeting the invading Russian forces.

As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, the equipment “is giving Ukrainian forces the edge in winning the drone war as the nation fights back with technology to track down invading Russians.”

Aerorozvidka (Aerial Reconnaissance) is being used to attack Russian drones as well as target Russian tanks, artillery, and troops by being able to spot their positions from the air. The drones incorporate “the newly available Starlink to keep connected and provide intelligence as internet and power outages plague Ukraine,” the outlet continued, adding:

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With the technology, the drones can be directed to drop anti-tank munitions to help ward off the Russian attack. 

The so-far-successful implementation of the satellites into the defense of the war-torn nation makes good on a promise outspoken mogul Musk – who challenged Putin to a fist fight for the future of Ukraine earlier this week – made to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier in the month, that SpaceX will send more Starlink satellite stations to provide internet to some of the country’s stricken cities.

The president of the embattled country took to Twitter to thank the Tesla CEO, 50, for the support, and invited the tech mogul to visit Ukraine once the war is over.

“Talked to @elonmusk. I’m grateful to him for supporting Ukraine with words and deeds. Next week we will receive another batch of Starlink systems for destroyed cities,” Zelenskyy said, according to the Daily Mail.

In the meantime, Musk is continuing to build his satellite network. “Early Saturday morning, a further 53 Starlink internet satellites were launched into space via [a] rocket from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida, further bolstering the burgeoning surveillance network,” the outlet reported.

The satellites were reportedly launched into low earth orbit without any difficulties, the report stated.

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Musk has been widely praised for supplying Starlink equipment to Ukraine since shortly after the Russian invasion began Feb. 24.

He initially responded on social media to a tweet from Mykhailo Fedorov, the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, who tweeted: “@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.”

“Starlink service is now active in Ukraine,” Musk said in his reply. “More terminals en route.”

As noted by The Daily Wire, the responses to Musk’s were overly positive:

  • Ukraine: “Thanx, appreciate it.”
  • Mykhailo Fedorov, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine: “Starlink terminals are coming to Ukraine! Thank you @elonmusk , thank you everyone, who supported Ukraine!”
  • Robert C. O’Brien, former national security adviser: “I said in my remarks to @CPAC today that @elonmusk is one of the reasons America will ultimately prevail against #Russia and #China. Below is Exhibit A in support of my argument. #Ukraine #Freedom”
  • Payton Alexander, attorney: “The people of Ukraine, an embattled war-torn country, will now receive high speed, low latency, broadband internet from space. Russia cannot touch it.”
  • Klon Kitchen, AEI senior fellow: “Awesome. Also, a major example of how the national security burden is now shared with the private sector in fundamental and powerful ways. Well done @elonmusk (but we should talk about China).”
  • Maye Musk, Elon Musk’s mother: “@elonmusk Wonderful! #ProudMom #StopTheWar #Ukraine.”
  • Bel Trew, reporter: “Well this is quite something. One of the biggest fears among Ukrainians I’ve been speaking to is being completely cut off from the world while the worst attacks happens.”
  • Brendan Carr, FCC Commissioner: “Great to see! America has a strategic interest in allied enterprises beaming Internet abroad—from Cuba to Afghanistan & now Ukraine. Bills introduced last year by @marcorubio @SenRickScott @RepMariaSalazar would ensure the U.S. backs those efforts. Let’s pass those bills ASAP.”
  • Scott Adams, political commentator: “Pushes a button and changes the course of history.”
  • Scott Gilmore, magazine editor: “SpaceX donating starlink terminals means it’s now impossible for Russia to shut down the internet. This keeps Pres Zelenskyy connected to Ukrainians and keeps Ukrainians connected to the world. It’s a monumental boon to their fight.”
  • Mike Cernovich, political commentator: “Elon Musk is Iron Man. The West sees all conflict now as a 3 act comic book movie.”
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