Ukraine is using Elon Musk′s Starlink for drone strikes | Europe | News and current affairs from around the continent | DW
Just after Russia’s invasion began, Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov took to Twitter to ask the Texas businessman Elon Musk to activate his Starlink satellites for use in Ukraine. The billionaire swiftly tweeted his response: “Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route.”
Soon after, a number of terminals and powerful batteries arrived in Ukraine. Others followed. Fedorov took to Twitter again to express his gratitude: “Starlink — here. Thanks, @elonmusk.”
No secret dispatches, no long debates, no governmental or parliamentary controls: just a very public deal between a politician whose country has been attacked and an enigmatic billionaire who went on to challenge the aggressor, Russian President Vladimir Putin, to “single combat.” What at first looked like a PR coup now seems to be playing a significant role in the defense of Ukraine.
Turkey’s Bayraktar TB2 drones, seen here in 2021, have been effective against Russia