Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX, admitted today that Starlink is blocking Starlink satellite communications from Ukrainian drones, key component of their fight against Russia.
“There are things that we can do to limit their ability to do that. There are things that we can do and have done.”
Shotwell’s admission that SpaceX, which was founded by Elon Musk, has prevented Ukrainian soldiers from fully using the technology confirms the long-standing belief that Musk and the company have been blocking some Ukrainian Internet links.
In October of the previous year, Elon Musk outraged Ukrainians, including their President Volodymyr Zelensky, by suggesting a peace plan on Twitter that called for Ukraine to abandon its efforts to recover Crimea and surrender control of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions. Around the same time, reports emerged that the Starlink signal was being blocked and was not reachable beyond the front line as Ukrainian forces attempted to move forward, effectively limiting their ability to retake territory from Russia.
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