New Delhi: Ukraine has recently alleged that Russian forces are employing terminals from Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service in occupied territories. Ukrainian intelligence asserts that intercepted communications among Russian soldiers serve as evidence of the ‘systemic’ deployment of these terminals.
The Ministry’s main directorate of intelligence has shared an audio clip on Telegram purportedly featuring discussions among troops from Russia’s 83rd Air Assault Brigade regarding the installation of these terminals in eastern Ukraine.
Starlink systems have become integral to Ukraine’s battlefield communications during Russia’s nearly two-year-long invasion. Although the extent of usage and the means of acquisition remain undisclosed, spokesman Andriy Yusov noted that the situation is ‘beginning to take on a systemic nature.’ However, Russia’s defense ministry has yet to respond to requests for comment from Reuters. SpaceX, the company behind Starlink, has reiterated in a statement released last week that it has no business dealings with the Russian government or military. They clarified that their service is not operational in Russia.