Russia Threatens Elon Musk for Helping Ukraine with Starlink Satellites

A top Russian government official has sent a threat to Elon Musk after Twitter’s new owner helped restore Ukraine’s Internet amid the invasion.

Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, issued a threat to Musk over his company Space X’s Starlink satellite internet system.

Musk revealed the threat on Twitter and named Rogozin as the one who issued it.

“@Rogozin sent this to Russian media,” Musk said in a post that includes a translation of the Russian statement.

The translation says: “From the testimony of the captured chief of staff of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel Dmitry Kormyankov.

“It follows that the ground-based subscriber equipment of the Starlink satellite company Elon Musk was delivered to the militants of the Nazi Azov Battalion and the Marines of the Armed Forces of Ukraine to Mariupol by military helicopters.

“According to our information, the delivery and transfer to the Armed Forces of Ukraine of PO boxes for receiving and transmitting the Internet from Starlink was carried out by the Pentagon.

“Elon Musk is thus involved in the supply of fascist forces in Ukraine with military communications.

“And for this you will have to answer in an adult way, Elon, no matter how you turn on the fool.”

Musk then responded:

“The word ‘Nazi’ doesn’t mean what he seems to think it does.”

“If I die under mysterious circumstances, it’s been nice knowin ya,” he added in a follow-up post.

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“There are no angels in war,” Musk later added.

From The Daily Mail:

Rogozin has been feuding with the billionaire since the invasion began, calling him ‘little devil’ and criticizing the Tesla Cybertruck, according to Business Insider.

He even mocked Musk’s attempt to buy Twitter, calling him ‘moneybags’ and mocking the idea that he would bring free speech to the platform.

SpaceX has launched more than 2,000 of its ‘Starlink’ space internet satellites into orbit and hopes to have 12,000 in the sky by 2026.

They form a constellation designed to provide low-cost broadband internet service from low Earth orbit. 

While satellite internet has been around for a while, it has suffered from high latency and unreliable connections.

Starlink is different. SpaceX said its goal is to provide high-speed, cable-like internet all over the world.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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