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Enthusiasts: Ukraine: Elon Musk announces that SpaceX no longer has the means to finance the Starlink Internet network in Ukraine

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since the start of the Russian offensive, at the end of February, SpaceX delivered some 25,000 terminals to Ukraine that allow 'Ensure an Internet connection thanks to a constellation satellites forming the Starlink network.

  Ukraine : Elon Musk annonce que SpaceX n'a plus les moyens de financer le réseau internet Starlink en Ukraine © provided by Franceinfo

Elon Musk says it is no longer able to finance the Internet Starlink in Ukraine . According to the American entrepreneur, at the head of SpaceX, the company no longer has the means to continue to finance the Internet Starlink Internet in the country at war, he assured, Friday, October 14. The space company "cannot continue to finance the existing system indefinitely and send thousands of additional terminals (...). This is not reasonable," he tweeted.

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Since the start of the Russian offensive in late February, SpaceX delivered some 25,000 terminals to Ukraine that ensures an internet connection thanks to a constellation satellites forming the Starlink network. According to the entrepreneur, the operation has already cost $ 80 million and the bill should reach 100 million by the end of the year.

According to CNN, this declaration is a call for the foot for the Ministry of American Defense, to whom the company requests to take over from the financing of the use of Starlink by the Ukrainian government and its army, including the cost was estimated at $ 400 million for the next 12 months. SpaceX sent a letter to the Pentagon last month to tell him that he could no longer assume the costs of the service in Ukraine, the chain continues.

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Internet infrastructure destroyed or damaged

The Starlink network has helped maintain internet coverage in the Ukraine regions struck by the Russian army. In June, around 15% of existing Internet infrastructure in Ukraine had been destroyed or damaged, according to the authorities. Ukrainian telecommunications operators have also been targeted by many cyber attacks. "Starlink is the only communication system that continues to work on the front, all the others are dead," tweeted Elon Musk. "Russia actively tries to kill Starlink," he added. The billionaire warned that despite resources assigned to Starlink's defense, the system "may well disappear".

According to the British daily Financial Times, the Ukrainian forces have been able to undergo cuts from the Starlink service on the front, which has slowed down their counter-offensive, before the situation improved.

"To our knowledge, SpaceX did not interrupt its service to the agencies of the civil government of Ukraine and to the operators of the crucial infrastructure," said spokesman for the American agency for international development (USAID) on Friday evening (USAID) Friday evening . He said that the agency had bought more than 1,500 terminals in SpaceX in April to deliver them to Ukraine, then 86 new terminals in July for the authorities of the LVIV region.

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