New Delhi: Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov on Saturday called on SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to “provide Ukraine with Starlink stations” and use his public platform to encourage “sane Russians” to oppose their government, RT reported.
“While you are trying to colonize Mars, Russia is trying to occupy Ukraine!” Fedorov wrote in a tweet to Musk. “As your rockets land successfully from space, Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civilians!”
“We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and to invite sane Russians to stand up,” Fedorov’s message concluded, according to the report.
Elon Musk’s Starlink project is an ambitious attempt to place a grid of satellites in Earth orbit to provide internet access across the globe. SpaceX has so far put more than 1,700 Starlink satellites into orbit, and the company plans to launch more than 40,000 in total, RT reported.
However, as these satellites pass over Ukraine, there are no ground stations in the country to use the network. The nearest ground station is located in the Polish village of Wola Krobowska.
As the Russian offensive in Ukraine continues and fighting reaches the outskirts of Kiev, Fedorov called on the tech industry to get involved in the conflict. In a Facebook post earlier on Saturday, he revealed he had “asked YouTube to block Russian propaganda media” and asked Meta and Netflix to suspend their services to Russia.
Fedorov also called on Apple CEO Tim Cook to block access to the App Store from Russia, RT reported.