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Podolyak suggests SpaceX make up their mind as to whose side they are on in the Russo-Ukrainian war

09.02.2023, 17:09

Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to the Office of the President of Ukraine, suggested that SpaceX make up their mind as to whom they are siding with in the war between Russia and Ukraine.

This was his response to SpaceX's statement regarding restrictions on the use of Starlink for drone operation by the Ukrainian army.

"A year of Ukrainian resistance and companies have to decide: either they are on the side of Ukraine and the right to freedom, and don’t seek ways to do harm. Or they are on RF’s side & its 'right' to kill & seize territories."

As IMI reported, on February 8, SpaceX's president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell announced that the company had taken steps to prevent Ukraine's military from using the company's Starlink satellite internet service for controlling drones in the region during the country's war with Russia.

In early October, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk rejected a Ukrainian request to extend his satellite internet service Starlink to Russian-occupied Crimea. He believes that an effort to retake the peninsula from Russian forces could lead to a nuclear war. Musk posted a Twitter poll where he laid out his own formula for ending the war; namely, he proposed holding another "referendum" in the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine and Ukraine resuming water supply to Crimea.

In response, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, posted his own Twitter poll asking "which Elon Musk do you like more: the one who supports Ukraine or the one who supports Russia." Later, Musk wrote that he still strongly supported Ukraine, but "is convinced that a large-scale escalation of the war will cause great damage to Ukraine and possibly the world."

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