Russian Space Agency chief threatens Elon Musk for assisting Ukraine

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk and the SpaceX team are recognized by VP Mike Pence at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center following the launch of the Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station on May 30, 2020. (Image credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls)

The head of Russia's space agency has threatened Tesla CEO Elon Musk over his efforts to give internet connection to Ukraine.

Musk, 50, has been utilizing Starlink, a constellation of over 2,000 satellites in low Earth orbit, to beam internet connections to satellite dishes worldwide.

The firm has a significant presence in Ukraine to keep the country online despite the ongoing Russian invasion.

In April, the entrepreneur stated that SpaceX had "resisted hacking and jamming attempts" from the Russians and was focused on countermeasures at the expense of other projects.

Sunday evening, Musk tweeted information provided by Dmitry Rogozin, the chairman of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, to the Russian media. Rogozin himself uploaded the remark to Telegram.

Rogozin, who threatened that Russia could bomb all NATO countries "in half an hour," accused Musk of providing Starlink equipment to the "Nazi Azov Battalion" and other Ukrainian armed units.

"According to the testimony of the captured chief of staff of the 36th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel Dmitry Kormyankov, the ground-based subscriber equipment of Elon Musk's Starlink satellite company was delivered by military helicopters to the militants of the Nazi Azov Battalion and the Marines of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in Mariupol," Rogozin wrote.

Rogozin says, 'Elon Musk is thus implicated in arming fascist forces in Ukraine with military communications.' "And for this, Elon, you will be required to respond in an adult manner, regardless of how you choose to behave."

Officials claim that Starlink gives the Ukrainian military advantage in the drone battle as the country fights back against the Russian invasion using technology.

As usual, the billionaire answered with his tongue firmly in his cheek.

Musk, aiming to acquire Twitter, tweeted, "The word 'Nazi' does not mean what he seems to believe it does."

He theed, "If I die under mysterious circumstances, it's been nice knowing ya."

Even Musk's mother, Maye Musk, responded to the letter.

Musk's mother wrote, "That's not funny," accompanied by many angry-faced emojis.

'Sorry! I will do my best to stay alive,' Musk responded.

According to Business Insider, Rogozin has been battling with the billionaire since the invasion, calling him "little devil" and insulting the Tesla Cybertruck.

He attacked Musk's bid to acquire Twitter, labeling him "moneybags" and ridiculing the notion that he would bring free expression to the network.

SpaceX has launched more than 2,000 'Starlink' space internet satellites and aims to have 12,000 in orbit by 2026.

They constitute a constellation to deliver affordable broadband Internet access from low Earth orbit.

Although satellite internet has existed for some time, it has suffered from excessive latency and inconsistent connectivity.

Starlink is unique. SpaceX stated that its mission is to bring high-speed, cable-like internet worldwide.

Musk has previously stated that the enterprise may provide three billion people who do not currently have an internet connection with a low-cost means of gaining access.

It might also help support a future Mars city.

As internet and power outages plague Ukraine, drones deployed in the field can use Starlink to stay connected and give intelligence.

With this technology, drones can be programmed to drop anti-tank missiles to help repel the Russian onslaught.

The Starlink satellite system gives the Ukrainian military advantage in the drone war as the nation strikes back with technology to track invading Russians.

Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of the beleaguered nation, turned to Twitter to praise Elon Musk for his support and to welcome him to visit Ukraine after the war is finished.

Rogozin spoke of Russia's capabilities to destroy NATO on Saturday, using a word Putin has prohibited regarding Ukraine - 'war' - he said: 'This is a war for the truth - and the right of Russia to exist as a single and independent state.'

He continued, "The very existence of a Ukraine independent of Russia will make it anti-Russian and a launching pad for Western aggression against our people."

Therefore, what we refer to as a Special Military Operation extends far beyond its initial definition and geographic scope.

He did not specify which more territories Putin was eyeing beyond Ukraine.

However, he argued that NATO was involved in a proxy war utilizing Ukrainian soldiers to fight without risking their forces.

He stated, "The Ukrainian military is expendable cannon fodder for NATO."

Only NATO-trained operators use NATO weapons.

Sunday, G7 leaders, including Vice President Joe Biden, met with President Zelensky.

The United Nations estimates that more than 3,000 Ukrainians have died in the violence as the crisis approaches its eleventh week.

Independent sources indicate that over 10,000 civilians have perished in the war-torn country, as stated by the group.

NATO estimates that both Russia and Ukraine have lost approximately 15,000 troops.

Publish : 2022-05-10 06:39:00

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