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DIU: Musk didn't turn off Starlink before the AFU strike

Sep 23, 2023

American billionaire Elon Musk did not turn off Starlink satellite communications over the temporarily occupied Crimea to disrupt the attack of Ukrainian surface drones by the Russian Navy in Sevastopol.


This was stated in an interview with The WarZone by Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

"It's true that it used to turn off its products and services over Crimea. But there is another side to this truth. This particular case, which everyone is talking about, was a disconnection of coverage over Crimea, but it was not at that particular moment. It was for a month. I am absolutely sure that during the first period of the war there was no coverage at all (Starlink over Crimea - ed.)," he said.

According to Budanov, there have been no new outages since the satellite communications over the occupied peninsula were turned on. The DIU chief reminded that it is thanks to Musk and his company that the Ukrainian army has good communication at the front.

"Look, Starlink is a private property of a private person. Yes, we do use its products and services very widely. The entire contact line communicates with each other to some extent using its products and services. The only thing I can say is that without these services and products, it would be a disaster," the DIU head said.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 24/09/2023

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