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Russiαn Space Agency Head Threatens Elon Musk Over Starlink In Ukrαine

‘If I die under mysterious circumstances, it’s been nice knowin ya,’ Musk tweeted out.

The head of Russiα’s space agency is threatening Elon Musk with consequences for supplying satellite internet to Ukrαine with SpaceX’s Starlink system.

 

On Saturday, Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos, posted a message to his Telegram channel(Opens in a new window), condemning Musk for expanding Starlink’s service to Ukrαine, which is facing an ongoing invasion from Russiα.

In the message, Rogozin accused Musk of supplying the Starlink dishes to the Ukrαiniαn military, which he described as “Nazis.”

“Elon Musk is thus involved in the supply of fascist forces in Ukrαine with military communications,” Rogozin  added. “And for this you will have to answer in an adult way, Elon, no matter how you play the fool.”

On Sunday, Musk noticed the menacing message, which prompted(Opens in a new window) him to tweet back: “The word ‘Nazi’ doesn’t mean what he seems to think it does.”

In a separate tweet(Opens in a new window), Musk also wrote: “If I die under mysterious circumstances, it’s been nice knowin ya,” a likely reference to how Russiαn President Vladimir Putin has been accused(Opens in a new window) of poisoning(Opens in a new window) his political enemies.

The spat between Musk and Rogozin occurs as Starlink has been delivering high-speed broadband to an estimated 150,000 users in war-torn Ukrαine. This has made SpaceX’s satellite internet system an essential tool to keeping parts of the country online.

SpaceX has been delivering the internet to Ukrαine through over 10,000 Starlink dishes, which can receive the broadband from satellites orbiting the planet. The Ukrαiniαn government says it’s been deploying the dishes in areas hit hardest by Russiα’s invasion, including at hospitals and for military operations.

Ukrαiniαn soldiers have also praised SpaceX’s Starlink system. “I want to say one thing: Elon Musk’s Starlink is what changed the war in Ukrαine’s favor,” one solider recently told(Opens in a new window) journalist David Patrikarakos. “Russiα went out of its way to blow up all our comms. Now they can’t. Starlink works under Katyusha (rocket) fire, under artillery fire. It even works in Mariupol.”