Elon Musk’s SpaceX will be unable to pay for Starlink services in Ukraine, according to a report
Elon Musk: Last month, SpaceX informed the Pentagon that it could no longer afford to provide the Starlink service in Ukraine.
Elon Musk’s SpaceX has warned the Pentagon that it may have to stop supporting Starlink internet services in Ukraine unless the US military assists the company, according to CNN.
According to documents, SpaceX notified the Pentagon last month that it could no longer afford to provide the Starlink service in Ukraine, which has been a critical means of communication for the country since Russia’s invasion.
“We are unable to donate additional terminals to Ukraine or fund the existing terminals indefinitely,” SpaceX’s director of government sales wrote to the Pentagon.
According to CNN, SpaceX has also asked the Pentagon to assume responsibility for supporting the Starlink services, which are expected to cost up to $400 million over the next year and more than $120 million this year.
“SpaceX is faced with extremely difficult decisions here.” “I do not believe they have the financial capability to provide any additional terminals or service,” a SpaceX consultant wrote to the Pentagon in September.
Elon Musk’s contentious peace proposal, which called for Ukraine to cede control of Russian-annexed territories as well as Crimea, prompted SpaceX’s announcement. Following the peace plan, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk came under fire on Twitter, including from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.