Elon Musk on Friday suggested that his Starlink Satellite company could not continue funding services for free to Ukraine after a Ukrainian official insulted him on Twitter.
Musk has asked the Pentagon to fund the satellite internet service that SpaceX has provided since early in the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
A Starlink cutoff would cripple the Ukrainian military’s main mode of communication, which could potentially give a major boost to Russia.
One Ukrainian commander said Friday that “fighting without Starlink service at the front line is like fighting without a gun.”
- Earlier this month, Musk had tweeted a proposal to end the Ukraine/Russia war, which would play into Russia’s favor.
- “F— off is my very diplomatic reply to you @elonmusk,” Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, Andrij Melnyk, said at the time.