Moscow says SpaceX’s web service ‘can’t be formally used right here in any means’.
Elon Musk has denied promoting his Starlink web service to Russia after Ukraine claimed the terminals have been being utilized by Russian troops on the entrance traces of the conflict.
“A variety of false information reviews declare that SpaceX is promoting Starlink terminals to Russia. That is categorically false,” Musk, who leads SpaceX and a number of other different corporations together with Tesla, mentioned within the put up on X on Monday.
“To the very best of our data, no Starlinks have been bought immediately or not directly to Russia.”
Moscow additionally rejected Kyiv’s declare that Starlink terminals had been smuggled into Russia and have been getting used on a “systematic” foundation in Russian-occupied Donetsk.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned Starlink will not be licensed to be used in Russia.
“It can’t be formally equipped right here and isn’t formally equipped right here,” Peskov informed reporters on Monday.
On Sunday, Ukraine’s military intelligence agency GUR said that intercepted conversations among Russian forces revealed that Starlink terminals had been deployed among troops operating near the towns of Klishchiivka and Andriivka.
GUR spokesman Andriy Yusov mentioned on state TV that Starlink terminals have been getting into Russia by parallel importing, not official channels.
Starlink mentioned in a put up on X final week that it “doesn’t do enterprise of any sort with the Russian Authorities or its navy” and the service “won’t work” within the nation.
Ukraine’s navy has credited Starlink for permitting its forces to speak, collect intelligence and coordinate assaults extra rapidly and securely than could be doable utilizing radio or cellphone communications.
Final 12 months, Musk got here beneath scrutiny after it emerged that he had refused a request by Ukraine to activate Starlink to help in a shock assault on Russia’s fleet in Crimea’s port of Sevastopol.
Musk mentioned he had refused the request, which was first reported in extracts of Walter Isaacson’s biography concerning the billionaire as a result of it might have made him “explicitly complicit in a significant act of conflict and battle escalation”.