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Russia Utilizing Starlink Terminals in Occupied Ukrainian Territories, According to Ukrainian Intelligence Sources

Russian forces are using Starlink internet services provided by SpaceX, according to Ukrainian intelligence. This was confirmed after intercepting radio communications of Russia’s 83rd Assault Brigade operating near the towns of Klishchiivka and Andriivka in the Donetsk region. The exchange between two soldiers was posted as an audio clip on local media.

Andrii Yusov, a representative from the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, stated that Russia’s use of Starlink terminals produced by Elon Musk’s SpaceX is taking on a “systemic nature.” This confirmation comes after media reports that Ukrainian troops had detected Russia’s use of the terminals several months ago.

Starlink terminals are used to connect to SpaceX’s satellites in low Earth orbit to provide internet services. They have been hailed as an important tool facilitating Kyiv’s battlefield communications since being sent to Ukraine shortly after Russia began its invasion. However, Ukraine’s GUR did not specify how many terminals they believed Russia had or how they might have been obtained.

SpaceX has denied doing business with Russia’s government or military, stating that it does not do any business in Russia and has not shipped any equipment to the country. However, Russian troops may be obscuring their use of Starlink by sending a fake GPS signal, according to Bryan Clark, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. Musk initially supported Ukraine when Russia first invaded but relations have cooled since then. In 2022, he denied Kyiv’s request to activate Starlink near Moscow-annexed Crimea due to concerns about making SpaceX explicitly complicit in a major act of war.

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