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The Kremlin and Musk deny the Russian army's use of Starlink: “This is completely untrue” |  Ukraine-Russia war

The Kremlin and Musk deny the Russian army's use of Starlink: “This is completely untrue” | Ukraine-Russia war

Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, confirmed on Monday that “the system is not certified in our country, which means it cannot be officially delivered and has not been officially delivered.”

Elon Musk, owner of Starlink, has already denied delivering the system to Moscow on Sunday. “This is completely untrue. To our knowledge, no Starlink installation has been sold directly or indirectly to Russia

But Ukraine repeated the accusations on Sunday. “Starlink is available in Russia via third countries. Andrey Yusov, spokesman for Ukrainian military intelligence, confirmed to Ukrainian television that, compared to last year, Russian forces are using Starlink more systematically (…). According to the Ukrainian news agency “Unian,” Russian forces use satellite internet in Bashmut, eastern Ukraine.

When the Russians invaded Ukraine two years ago, SpaceX, Elon Musk's space company, delivered thousands of facilities to Ukraine. The network is essential for internal communications of the Ukrainian army. Kiev thanked Elon Musk for the satellites, but responded with indignation when he suggested that Ukraine cede its territory to Russia in exchange for peace.

Starlink has a network of 2,000 small satellites that provide Internet access to facilities in low orbit above Earth.

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