The Ukrainian government can count on Starlink satellite internet funding for its military from three different sources.
This was stated by Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov, writes POLITICO.
“If it is only about money, we have at least three sources. They can come from a parcel [допомоги від] The Pentagon, which supports Ukraine, also from Europe, or private donors can become more active “– He said.
Reznikov noted that senior Ukrainian officials are in direct contact with Elon Musk to find a way out of the situation regarding the payment of SpaceX’s Starlink stations. It provides an important battlefield contact for the Ukrainian forces.
Two US officials told Politico that the Pentagon is considering paying for Ukraine’s Starlink satellite network by tapping into a fund that has been used to supply weapons and other equipment.
And this week, Lithuania’s foreign minister, Gabrielos Landsbergis, proposed creating a coalition of European countries to fund Starlink satellite Internet service in Ukraine.
Elon Musk said that more than 20,000 Starlink terminals, which he donated to Ukraine, will cost the company about $100 million by the end of this year. According to him, it was unwise to fund Starlink in Ukraine without compensation.
Earlier it was stated that Ukraine should take over the financing of the stations. But then he wrote that he still plans to pay for it. However, a Defense Ministry official told Politico that the incident gave the ministry reason to doubt Musk’s words.
The media write that Reznikov assures, regardless of funding, Ukraine “She will continue to communicate on a technical level with Elon Musk’s company.”
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