President Zelensky says he has spoken to Elon Musk about 'possible space projects', thanks him for Starlink terminals

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By stefan armitage

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President Volodymyr Zelensky has revealed that he has spoken to Elon Musk and thanked him for providing Starlink terminals in Ukraine.

Taking to Twitter, Zelensky revealed that he had spoken to the tech billionaire and expressed his gratitude for Musk's support of Ukraine.

Writing to his 4.9 million Twitter followers, Zelensky also said that the pair had discussed "possible space projects" for the future - but said that he'll share more about that conversation "after the war".

Zelensky's tweet read: "Talked to @elonmusk. I’m grateful to him for supporting Ukraine with words and deeds. Next week we will receive another batch of Starlink systems for destroyed cities. Discussed possible space projects. But I’ll talk about this after the war.

The president's tweet comes after Musk responded to a plea from Ukraine's Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, for Starlink stations across the country.

Many areas of Ukraine have reportedly suffered internet outages following Russia's invasion on February 24.

"Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route," Musk tweeted in reply.

Mykhailo Fedorov would later share a photo of a literal truck full of Starlink terminals to Twitter, writing: "Starlink — here. Thanks, @elonmusk".

"You are most welcome," replied Musk.

However, Musk has since warned the people of Ukraine to use his company's Starlink satellite internet communication system with caution.

Explaining that Starlink is the "only non-Russian communication" system still operating in some areas of the country, Musk wanted that it is a high-risk target for invading Russian forces.

"Important warning: Starlink is the only non-Russian communications system still working in some parts of Ukraine, so probability of being targeted is high," Musk wrote in a tweet on Friday. "Please use with caution."

And while the billionaire also announced that SpaceX would be releasing a software update so that its receivers would require less energy and work from moving vehicles, he also advised users to activate Starlink "only when needed" and "place antenna away as far away from people as possible."

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On Saturday, CNN reported that Zelensky had also had a call with Joe Biden, during which, the US President highlighted "the ongoing actions undertaken by the United States, its Allies and partners, and private industry to raise the costs on Russia for its aggression in Ukraine."

A statement from the White House read: "In particular, [Zelensky] welcomed the decision this evening by Visa and Mastercard to suspend service in Russia."

The statement added: "President Biden noted his administration is surging security, humanitarian, and economic assistance to Ukraine and is working closely with Congress to secure additional funding."

If you would like to know how you can support the Ukrainian people at this time, click HERE to find a list of organizations and groups dedicated to helping those affected by this crisis.

Featured image credit: DPA picture alliance / Alamy

President Zelensky says he has spoken to Elon Musk about 'possible space projects', thanks him for Starlink terminals

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By stefan armitage

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President Volodymyr Zelensky has revealed that he has spoken to Elon Musk and thanked him for providing Starlink terminals in Ukraine.

Taking to Twitter, Zelensky revealed that he had spoken to the tech billionaire and expressed his gratitude for Musk's support of Ukraine.

Writing to his 4.9 million Twitter followers, Zelensky also said that the pair had discussed "possible space projects" for the future - but said that he'll share more about that conversation "after the war".

Zelensky's tweet read: "Talked to @elonmusk. I’m grateful to him for supporting Ukraine with words and deeds. Next week we will receive another batch of Starlink systems for destroyed cities. Discussed possible space projects. But I’ll talk about this after the war.

The president's tweet comes after Musk responded to a plea from Ukraine's Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation, Mykhailo Fedorov, for Starlink stations across the country.

Many areas of Ukraine have reportedly suffered internet outages following Russia's invasion on February 24.

"Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route," Musk tweeted in reply.

Mykhailo Fedorov would later share a photo of a literal truck full of Starlink terminals to Twitter, writing: "Starlink — here. Thanks, @elonmusk".

"You are most welcome," replied Musk.

However, Musk has since warned the people of Ukraine to use his company's Starlink satellite internet communication system with caution.

Explaining that Starlink is the "only non-Russian communication" system still operating in some areas of the country, Musk wanted that it is a high-risk target for invading Russian forces.

"Important warning: Starlink is the only non-Russian communications system still working in some parts of Ukraine, so probability of being targeted is high," Musk wrote in a tweet on Friday. "Please use with caution."

And while the billionaire also announced that SpaceX would be releasing a software update so that its receivers would require less energy and work from moving vehicles, he also advised users to activate Starlink "only when needed" and "place antenna away as far away from people as possible."

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Credit: Abaca Press / Alamy

On Saturday, CNN reported that Zelensky had also had a call with Joe Biden, during which, the US President highlighted "the ongoing actions undertaken by the United States, its Allies and partners, and private industry to raise the costs on Russia for its aggression in Ukraine."

A statement from the White House read: "In particular, [Zelensky] welcomed the decision this evening by Visa and Mastercard to suspend service in Russia."

The statement added: "President Biden noted his administration is surging security, humanitarian, and economic assistance to Ukraine and is working closely with Congress to secure additional funding."

If you would like to know how you can support the Ukrainian people at this time, click HERE to find a list of organizations and groups dedicated to helping those affected by this crisis.

Featured image credit: DPA picture alliance / Alamy