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The Intelligence Service of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine (GUR) said there was evidence that Russia was “systematically” using the terminals and accused Moscow of “smuggling” terminal equipment into Russia.
“Starlink” is a low-orbit satellite constellation belonging to Musk’s Space Exploration Technology Company (SpaceX). It can provide network services in remote locations or areas where normal communications infrastructure cannot operate.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters today: “Starlink cannot be officially used here (Russia), and it is not officially supplied here.” The Starlink system may not work in Russia, which means even if Russia has these devices. Countries, they cannot be added.
However, Kiev accused the Russian military of using the equipment on the front lines in Ukraine. Andrey Yusov, a spokesman for the Main Intelligence Service of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine, said on state television today: “Starlink is free in Russia. The Russian frontline is currently using Starlink more systematically than last year.”
Ukraine also uses Starlink extensively. The Ukrainian military used Starlink to communicate and connect to the Internet during the two-year war.
SpaceX CEO Musk said in a post on social media platform X that reports of SpaceX selling Starlink terminal equipment to Russia are “absolutely false.” He added, “As far as we know, Starlink has not been sold to Russia, directly or indirectly.”
Regarding Ukraine, Usov said that Kiev recognized that Starlink was “not officially sold to Russia.” Usov said that Russia purchases Starlink equipment through “parallel input”, which is essentially smuggling.