“Yes, there have been recorded cases of the use of these devices by the Russian occupiers. This is becoming systematic,” Andrii Yusov, a representative of Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Service, told Ukrainian website RBC-Ukraine.
Musk’s satellite service, which uses thousands of small satellites in low Earth orbits to broadcast internet services, has been hailed as a key tool in Ukraine’s ability to fight back against Russian forces.
Relations between Musk and Ukrainian authorities have cooled throughout the war, starting with Musk’s 2022 order for his engineers to disable Starlink satellite communications near the coast of Russian-occupied Crimea, reportedly to prevent a planned Ukrainian sabotage drone attack.
Musk reportedly feared the attack would escalate tensions and possibly lead to nuclear war.