Elon Musk, the US billionaire owner of SpaceX, has recently announced that his company will not be selling Starlink terminals to Russia. This announcement comes after a report from the Ukrainian government claimed that Russian paratroopers were using the terminals. However, Musk vehemently denied these claims, stating that no Starlinks had been sold to Russia.
Just last week, Musk declared that he had no business relations with Russia and that Starlink did not work there. This statement came in response to an audio recording released by Ukrainian military intelligence on Telegram, which reportedly featured Russian paratroopers discussing the deployment of Starlink terminals. No statement has been issued by Russia regarding these claims.
It should be noted that Starlink is operated by SpaceX, and it is unclear if any indirect sales occurred between SpaceX and Russia. Despite this, Musk’s announcement directly contradicts the Ukrainian government’s claim, leaving many questions unanswered about the true nature of Starlink’s involvement in Russia.