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US Senate opens investigation into Musk over Russia's alleged use of Starlink at front

7 March, 2024 Thursday
18:00

US House of Representatives Democrats have launched an investigation into Elon Musk's SpaceX company over Russia's alleged use of Starlink at the frontline

The Washington Post reports

The investigation will find out whether Elon Musk's company has taken measures that could prevent Russia from deploying the Starlink satellite Internet service in the war against Ukraine.

Representatives Jamie Raskin and Robert Garcia sent a letter to the company demanding that the company report complaints about potential illegal acquisitions of Starlink terminals, including in Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine. The lawmakers said they were alarmed by Ukrainian intelligence officials’ allegations that Russian forces deployed the company’s terminals in eastern Ukraine, potentially running afoul of US sanctions.

Addressing SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell, they emphasized that Russia's use of Starlink terminals "poses a serious threat to Ukraine's security, Ukrainian lives, and US national security."

  • On February 11, Ukraine's Intelligence confirmed that Russian troops are using the Starlink satellite Internet platform of SpaceX, owned by Elon Musk, in the war in Ukraine. The businessman denied this information. Later, the Intelligence Service said that Russia was buying Starlink from Arab countries. 
  • Ivan Stupak, a military expert and SBU officer in 2004-2015, believes that Elon Musk can personally disconnect Russians from Starlink, and the head of the Ministry of Digital Transformation said that Ukraine knows how to neutralize Starlink in the occupied territory.
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