Starlink is critical to the Ukrainian military. And now, Elon Musk wants Pentagon to fund Starlink Ukraine operations.
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As the battle approaches its eighth month, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been gracious in supplying free Starlink satellite internet terminals to Ukraine’s military in order to improve communication channels.
Musk recently tweeted that the Ukrainian “operation has cost SpaceX $80 million and will exceed $100 million by the end of the year.”
However, the charity donations of almost 20,000 Starlink terminals (and counting…) have come to a standstill. CNN acquired a recent letter from SpaceX to the Pentagon, which warned about the need for financing to keep the service running in the war-torn nation, which costs more than $20 million each month (and most of it has been footed by SpaceX).
The letter continued by stating that the Pentagon should cover Starlink’s expenditures. Starlink predicted that the service would cost more than $400 million over the next year.
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Musk acknowledged the letter in a Twitter response to a Kyiv Post writer on Friday, stating he just followed the advise of a Ukrainian official who advised him to “F*** off.”
Musk also said: “Starlink is still losing money … goal is “not to go bankrupt.”
The letter follows reports of extensive Starlink outages in Ukraine. According to the Financial Times, Ukrainian troops faced problems with their terminals.
“Sources familiar with the outages said they suddenly affected the entire frontline as it stood on September 30,” CNN said. Since Russia devastated the country’s infrastructure, Starlink has become the primary communication link on the battlefield.
SpaceX’s plea for finance comes after Musk tweeted about a contentious peace plan.
Starlink is critical to the Ukrainian military, and one would expect the Pentagon to pay up the cost if the US’ proxy war against Russia is to succeed.