Fri. Dec 8th, 2023
Tech Billionaire Elon Musk Explains Decision to Give Starlink to Ukraine

Tech billionaire Elon Musk has revealed the reasons why he gave Ukraine his Starlink internet satellite technology, despite later turning it off in certain parts of the country. Musk initially deployed the tech over Ukraine to provide internet access in areas where Russia had destroyed the infrastructure. However, he later blocked it in the Black Sea area near Crimea after Ukraine planned to use it for potentially dangerous purposes. Musk took to Twitter to explain that he gave Starlink to Ukraine to avoid the unnecessary sacrificing of men in the conflict. He mentioned that Starlink was a challenging project, but through the hard work of his team, it had succeeded.

While some praised Musk for his intervention, Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president, blamed him for the deaths of civilians. Podolyak claimed that by not allowing Ukrainian drones to destroy part of the Russian fleet using Starlink interference, Musk allowed the fleet to retaliate and cause civilian casualties.

In a separate incident, Musk faced pressure to introduce Starlink to Gaza after Israel shut down connectivity systems in the region. However, Musk only provided access to those working for internationally recognized aid organizations in Gaza, refusing to launch it to the entire area.

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