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Elon Musk says Starlink internet ‘active’ in Ukraine

SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award in Berlin on December 1, 2020. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP)
SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk arrives on the red carpet for the Axel Springer media award in Berlin on December 1, 2020. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool Photo via AP)

Elon Musk says his SpaceX company’s Starlink satellite internet service is now “active” in Ukraine.

The tech billionaire makes the announcement on Twitter in response to a tweet by Ukraine’s minister of digital transformation saying that while Musk tries to “colonize Mars,” Russia is trying to occupy Ukraine. The minister called on Musk to provide his country with Starlink stations.

Musk says: “Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route.”

Starlink is a satellite-based internet system that SpaceX has been building for years to bring internet access to underserved areas of the world.

It markets itself as “ideally suited” for areas where internet service is unreliable or unavailable.

Internet monitor NetBlocks says Ukraine has seen a “series of significant disruptions to internet service” since Thursday, when Russia launched military operations in the country.

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