President of Ukraine has thanked Elon Musk for setting up Starlink satellite internet service for “destroyed cities” during the Russian invasion.
Olodymyr Zelensky said he was “grateful” to the Tesla founder for supporting the beleaguered country with “words and deeds”.
SpaceX’s Starlink satellites became active over Ukraine earlier this week, helping citizens and authorities stay connected to the internet as Vladimir Putin’s forces continued to bombard cities across the country.
Several major cities were left without internet or phone connectivity after being shelled by Russian troops.
On Saturday, Mr Zelensky confirmed he had spoken to Mr Musk and confirmed more satellites were being sent to Ukraine.
“I am grateful to him for supporting Ukraine in word and deed,” said the President. “Next week we will receive another batch of Starlink systems for destroyed cities.”
He said they also discussed possible space projects. “But I’ll talk about that after the war,” he added.
Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kyiv, showed off the Starlink systems that arrived on Saturday and said they would help support critical infrastructure in the capital as well as defend against Russian troops.
Starlink Internet does not use an extensive fiber optic cable system, but uses satellites in low orbit in space. People are using a kit from SpaceX to access the signals bounced back to Earth.
Mr Musk said he would activate satellites over Ukraine and broadcast terminals after the deputy prime minister appealed to the tech billionaire to help keep the internet up and running amid the attack from Russia.
Russia has been bombarding cities with rockets and waging heavy fighting across Ukraine since it launched its all-out invasion of the neighboring country 11 days ago.
Hundreds of civilians are believed to have been killed while more than 1.5 million are estimated to have fled.
https://www.independent.ie/news/ukraines-zelensky-thanks-elon-musk-for-sending-starlink-systems-41417162.html Zelensky from Ukraine thanks Elon Musk for sending Starlink systems