” Even though Starlink is still losing money and other companies are getting billions of taxpayer dollars, we will continue to fund the Ukrainian government for free. “Visibly very upset, Elon Musk confirmed this weekend on Twitter that his company SpaceX would continue to provide the Starlink service free of charge to the Ukrainian army, as it has done since the start of the war.
Elon Musk doesn’t just make friends when he talks about politics
This new controversy began last week, when our colleagues from CNN published an article revealing a letter sent by SpaceX’s sales manager to the US Department of Defense. He explains there: We are unable to make new terminal donations to Ukraine, or fund existing terminals indefinitely “.
It was enough to trigger a new case. Many observers have noted that Elon Musk recently spoke about the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and even presented his peace plan on Twitter asking Internet users to vote. His initiatives did not at all please the Ukrainian government because he notably advocated submitting the populations of the territories illegally invaded by Russia to a referendum.
Quoted by The Guardian, the founder of the Ukrainian charity Dzyga’s Paw, for his part questioned the “free” involvement of SpaceX in Ukraine. He explains thus: I admire SpaceX’s actions to enable Starlink service in Ukraine. (…) Despite this, I have not seen ANY Starlink that has been purchased by governments, or by SpaceX. All the Starlinks I’ve seen/used were bought either by volunteers like me or by soldiers who put their own money into them. The subscription price is also paid out of pocket. »
For his part, the billionaire believes he is showing good faith, and says he sincerely hopes to move these issues forward. He recently explained: I’m doing my best to defuse this situation and I’m obviously failing “.
Recall that Elon Musk regularly finds himself in the middle of arms passes on subjects of international politics. He recently spoke out on the conflict between China and Taiwan, which caused the authorities of both countries to react. In this confrontation, the boss of Tesla is not completely neutral and we know that the pursuit of his business depends on his agreement with the communist regime in Beijing. You can also read our article on this case here.