Roscosmos Chief denounces Musk for giving comms equipment to Ukraine
Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos divulges that the delivery of Starlink internet terminals to the Ukrainian armed forces was done by the Pentagon.
Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos, bashed billionaire Elon Musk for allegedly providing military communication equipment to Ukrainian troops and warned him of the repercussions.
Earlier on Sunday, the captured chief of staff of the 36th Ukrainian marine brigade said that Musk's satellite constellation was providing internet access to Ukrainian troops in Mariupol.
Rogozin added in a post on Telegram that Musk is "thus complicit" and will be held accountable.
"Per our information, the delivery of Starlink internet terminals to the Ukrainian armed forces was done by the Pentagon," he stressed.
It is worth mentioning that Musk's Starlink project aims to provide low-cost broadband internet access around the world.
Musk confirmed that the Starlink service was operational in Ukraine shortly after the start of the Russian special military operation in late February and promised to deliver more terminals to the country.
Last month, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed he met with Elon Musk via video conference on Saturday, and the Tesla and SpaceX CEO promised to deploy more Starlink systems to the country.
According to the president, the country will get more equipment to connect to SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet network.
At the time, Zelensky tweeted that he was grateful to Musk for "supporting Ukraine with words and deeds."
In the meantime, SpaceX's Starlink satellites were deployed across Ukraine after a request from the Ukrainian Vice PM, promising more are yet to come, according to Musk himself.
@elonmusk, while you try to colonize Mars — Russia try to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and to address sane Russians to stand.— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) February 26, 2022
Mykhailo Fedorov, also Ukraine's Minister of Digital Transformation, tweeted Musk requesting that SpaceX switch on its Starlink broadband satellites to supplement the country's Internet services which have been allegedly disrupted during the war on Ukraine.