On May 8, Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, said via his personal Telegram account that business tycoon Elon Musk would “have to answer” for providing “military communications” to “the fascist forces in Ukraine.”
Rogozin claimed that “testimony” from a captured Ukrainian military officer showed that “ground-based subscriber equipment” from Musk’s Starlink satellite company “was delivered to the militants of the Nazi ‘Azov’ battalion and the marines of the AFU [Armed Forces of Ukraine] in Mariupol by military helicopters.”
“According to our information, the delivery and transfer to the Armed Forces of Ukraine of Internet reception and transmission boxes from Starlink were carried out by the Pentagon,” Rogozin wrote. “Thus, Elon Musk is involved in supplying the fascist forces in Ukraine with military communications.”
That is false.
The fact that Musk’s satellite broadband system has been widely distributed in Ukraine since the war has been no secret. But in addition to providing military communications, Starlink is being used by hospitals, schools and fire departments in Ukraine as well.
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