Russian occupiers are using Elon Musk’s Starlink in Ukraine, officials say

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Russian occupiers successful Ukraine person commandeered immoderate Starlink terminals and are utilizing them for communications, Ukrainian officials say.

Starlink, a institution owned by billionaire Elon Musk, sent terminals to Ukraine soon aft Russia's penetration successful February 2022, and they person been cardinal to ensuring nan stableness of Ukrainian communications. Nevertheless, immoderate terminals person been taken by Russian forces.

"Cases of nan Russian occupiers' usage of nan fixed devices person been registered. It is opening to return connected a systemic nature," Andriy Yusov, a spokesperson for nan Ukrainian defence ministry's Main Directorate of Intelligence, said successful a statement.

Yusov specifically mentioned Russia's 83rd Air Assault Brigade, but added that Ukraine is not yet definite really wide nan usage of Starlink is wrong Russian forces. Starlink itself says it has dealt nary business pinch nan Russian authorities aliases military.

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Ukraine's intelligence agency says it confirmed Russia's usage of Starlink acknowledgment to an intercepted speech betwixt 2 Russian soldiers discussing really to group up nan terminals.

"If SpaceX obtains knowledge that a Starlink terminal is being utilized by a sanctioned aliases unauthorized party, we analyse nan declare and return actions to deactivate nan terminal if confirmed," Starlink told Reuters successful a statement.

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News of Starlink's usage by Russian forces comes arsenic Ukraine's subject is stretched thin, pinch nan astir recent assistance package from nan U.S. collapsing successful Congress.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy besides replaced nan country's highest-ranking service wide past week. Zelenskyy Gen. Valerii Zaluzhnyi of his position and thanked him for his work connected Thursday— The president said it was not suggestive of mediocre capacity but portion of bigger refresh of nan military.

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Zaluzhnyi, who remains highly celebrated pinch Ukrainian troops and civilians alike, was replaced arsenic commander-in-chief by Сol. Gen. Oleksandr Syrskyi.

Fox News' Timothy H.J. Nerozzi and Reuters contributed to this report