Ukraine speaks with Musk directly amid the Starlink controversy

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Ukraine speaks with Musk directly amid the Starlink controversy

  • News by AUN News correspondent
  • Friday, October 21, 2022.
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • In an interview, Ukraine’s defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov, said that he “knows that we won’t have any trouble” keeping the service going because of their “personal communication.

  • “Fedorov “is in charge of digitization and has a close relationship with Elon Musk.

  • Two U.S. officials engaged in the discussions told POLITICO that the Pentagon is thinking about taking money out of a fund that was previously used to provide weapons and equipment on a long-term basis, with the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative being a potential beneficiary.

  • This week, Gabrielius Landsbergis, the foreign minister of Lithuania, offered that a group of European nations work together to fund the Starlink satellite internet service in Ukraine.

  • Reznikov said Ukraine “would keep in touch with Elon Musk’s company on a technical level no matter how it is funded.”

In an interview, Ukraine’s defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov, said that he “knows that we won’t have any trouble” keeping the service going because of their “personal communication.”

Fedorov “is in charge of digitization and has a close relationship with Elon Musk. According to their most recent discussion of the matter, Mykhailo was “very optimistic” about the situation, according to their contact, Reznikov added.

Fedorov has thanked Musk on Twitter several times for delivering Starlink terminals. These terminals connect small satellite dishes to a group of satellites in low Earth orbit so that people and troops all over Ukraine can connect to the internet.

Two U.S. officials engaged in the discussions told POLITICO that the Pentagon is thinking about taking money out of a fund that was previously used to provide weapons and equipment on a long-term basis, with the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative being a potential beneficiary.

Even though Starlink has been operating in Ukraine on a much larger scale than any other internet provider, there are still other options besides SpaceX. On Friday, a California-based satellite communications business named Viasat announced that it is offering assistance to Ukraine and the surrounding area, including free public Wi-Fi for Ukrainian refugees in Slovakia.

If it’s merely a matter of money, we have at least three sources, according to Reznikov. There is a fund in Europe called the Pentagon package that helps Ukraine. Private donors can also add to this fund.

This week, Gabrielius Landsbergis, the foreign minister of Lithuania, offered that a group of European nations work together to fund the Starlink satellite internet service in Ukraine.

Reznikov said Ukraine “would keep in touch with Elon Musk’s company on a technical level no matter how it is funded.”

Analysis by: Advocacy Unified Network

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