Elon Musk Issues ‘Important Warning’ About Systems He Deployed To Ukraine

Elon Musk issued a warning on Thursday that those using SpaceX’s Starlink terminals in Ukraine are at a high risk of being targeted by the Russians because those are some of the only remaining systems on the ground that work.

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“Important warning: Starlink is the only non-Russian communications system still working in some parts of Ukraine, so probability of being targeted is high,” Musk tweeted. “Please use with caution.”

When later asked about how users should use the system with caution, Musk responded, “Turn on Starlink only when needed and place antenna away as far away from people as possible.”

“Place light camouflage over antenna to avoid visual detection,” Musk added.

Musk said late on Saturday that SpaceX’s Starlink satellite broadband service was now available in Ukraine with more terminals en route to the country, a remark that came in response to a request on Twitter from Mykhailo Fedorov, the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, who tweeted: “@elonmusk, while you try to colonize Mars — Russia try to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and to address sane Russians to stand.”

Ukraine highlighted the tweet, writing: Dear @elonmusk, Ukraine needs your support. Your stance and your actions matter. An appeal by our Minister of Digital Transformation here.”

“Starlink service is now active in Ukraine,” Musk responded. “More terminals en route.”

“Starlink provides high-speed, low-latency broadband internet across the globe. Within each coverage area, orders are fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis,” the company says. “Using advanced satellites in a low orbit, Starlink enables video calls, online gaming, streaming, and other high data rate activities that historically have not been possible with satellite internet.”

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“Starlink is ideally suited for areas where connectivity has been unreliable or completely unavailable,” the company added. “People across the globe are using Starlink to gain access to education, health services and even communications support during natural disasters.”

The plea from the Ukrainian government came after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full scale invasion into Ukraine late last week that has included heavy fighting throughout the country.

Ukraine received the Starlink terminals at the start of the week, according to Fedorov.

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“Starlink — here,” Mykhailo Fedorov, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, tweeted along with a picture of the equipment. “Thanks, @elonmusk.”

“You are most welcome,” Musk responded.