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Ukrainian soldier says Elon Musk's Starlink satellites have 'changed the war in Ukraine's favor,' by helping troops to remain online in the face of Russian attacks

Ukrainian soldier says Elon Musk's Starlink satellites have 'changed the war in Ukraine's favor,'  by helping troops to remain online in the face of Russian attacks
On February 25, 2022, a Ukrainian soldier uses his smartphone outside a residential building damaged by a missile in Kyiv, Ukraine.Image Credit: Pierre Crom/Getty Images

Insider News: A Ukrainian soldier told Elon Musk's Starlink satellites "changed the war in Ukraine's favor" by making it possible for troops to stay online in the face of Russian attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure.

The soldier's remarks were reported by British freelance journalist David Patrikarakos, who was reporting from Dnipro, Ukraine.

"I want to say one thing: Elon Musk's Starlink is what changed the war in Ukraine's favor," Dima told Patrikarakos, adding that he had been fighting alongside Ukrainian forces since March.

"Russia went out of its way to disrupt all of our communications. They can't anymore. Starlink operates under Katyusha and artillery fire. It's even functional in Mariupol "Dima stated, according to Patrikarakos.

Starlink is Musk's space agency SpaceX's satellite-based internet division.

On February 27, three days after Russia invaded Ukraine, Musk announced that Starlink had been activated in the country and that terminals were on their way.

After Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov asked the billionaire to send the terminals via Twitter, then Elon Musk made the announcement. Due to Russian attacks, internet traffic across the country was deteriorating at the time.

According to Space.com, more than 5,000 Starlink internet terminals were operational in the country as of last month. Fedorov said Starlink has been "very effective" for Ukraine during the invasion.

The satellites have provided direct combat support to Ukrainian forces.

According to the Times of London, an elite Ukrainian drone unit is using Starlink to destroy dozens of Russian targets at night.

"If we use a drone with thermal vision at night," the unit's commander told The New York Times, "the drone must connect through Starlink to the artillery guy and create target acquisition."

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