HUR confirms ‘systematic’ use of Starlink terminals by Russian military in occupied territories

Launching Starlink into orbit
Launching Starlink into orbit

The use of Starlink terminals by the Russian military in the temporarily occupied territories was confirmed by the Ukrainian Defense Intelligence (HUR) spokesman Andriy Yusov in the comment to the RBC-Ukraine news agency on Feb. 10.

“Yes, there are cases of Russian invaders using these devices. This is beginning to become systematic,” he said.

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Earlier, the Ukrainian military news outlet Militarnyi reported that the Russians were reportedly increasingly using Starlink terminals at their positions in Ukraine, which they purchase through third countries.

SpaceX, the company behind Starlink, has said it does not do business with the Russian government or its armed forces and will take steps to deactivate terminals if they are being used by unauthorized parties.

“Starlink is not active in Russia, which means the service will not work in that country. SpaceX has never sold Starlink in Russia, nor has it delivered equipment to Russia,” the company said.

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Earlier, the director of the New Geopolitics Research Network and military expert Mykhailo Samus questioned whether it is possible to flash Starlink without Elon Musk’s knowledge.

“There are very interesting questions here,” Samus said in an interview with Radio NV.

“Isn’t this evidence that Elon Musk is starting to support Russia, starting to support (Russian dictator Vladimir) Putin?” Samus said.

Earlier, during an online discussion on his X platform (formerly Twitter), Elon Musk proposed “restoring normal relations” with Russia by ceding parts of Ukrainian territory to it, The Wall Street Journal reported on Oct. 23.

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee is investigating SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s decision not to activate the Starlink satellite network over occupied Crimea, Bloomberg reported on Sept. 15, citing Committee Chairman Jack Reed.

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