Just days into Russia’s invasion, Ukrainian civilians are given a lifeline to remain in contact with their loved ones.
Just 10 hours after Ukraine Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov desperately plead Elon Musk to provide ‘Starlink’ stations to Ukraine, Elon Musk tweeted:
“Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route.”
A shipment of Starlink user terminals arrived in Ukraine on Monday amid fears of complete power outages.
The Twitter exchange between the billionaire and Vice Prime Minister occurred following Vladmir Putin’s nuclear threat, ordering his country’s deterrence forces to be placed on high alert.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has seen thousands of civilians and government officials lose internet service as the country faces intermittent power outages. As a result, people across the globe are losing access to speak to loved ones who still reside in Ukraine or who have been displaced.
The CEO of Tesla (and richest person in the world) founded SpaceX in 2002. Musk launched Starlink in an attempt to provide the world with high-speed broadband. The satellites can hold large volumes of information; which is then dispersed across the globe without needing fibre-optic cables. As well as this, Starlink anticipates it can provide a reliable internet connection to billions who do not have that luxury.
Most notably, following the eruption of an underwater earthquake in January, Musk used Starlink to provide internet to Tonga. The South Pacific island is in a state of devastation following the Tsunami which followed the eruption. Citizens have been left without contact with the rest of the world for several weeks.
Fortunately, Starlink has come to the aid of Ukraine to ensure both civilians and government officials can remain online.
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