The Russian armed forces are buying the Starlink satellite internet system from Arab countries. The Ukrainian military intelligence HUR stated this in a telegram today, which already claimed in a statement on Sunday that Russian soldiers are using Starlink terminals in the occupied parts of the Ukrainian territory.
According to her, HUR did not elaborate further on which Arab countries are being negotiated. Starlink, which belongs to the American company SpaceX, as well as Moscow previously rejected the Ukrainian accusations.
HUR bases its information on a recently made audio recording, which it says is a conversation between Russian soldiers about the purchase of Starlink. “The Arabs will bring everything: Cables, wi-fi, router,” the intelligence officer quotes from the recording, which she says shows that the cost of acquiring the terminal is 200,000 rubles (about 2,000 euros).
Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Yusov said on Monday, without further details, that the Starlink terminals are being acquired by the Russian armed forces through third countries. According to him, Kiev is now working to prevent Russia from using them on the occupied Ukrainian territories.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov rejected Ukrainian claims on Monday, according to which the Starlink system cannot be officially delivered to Russia or used officially. SpaceX chief Elon Musk said that “to the best of our knowledge, no Starlinks have been sold – directly or indirectly – to Russia.”
The Starlink satellite internet system is operated by a division of SpaceX. The goal of Starlink is to create a network that would enable a high-speed Internet connection from anywhere in the world using several thousand small satellites in orbit around the Earth. The division has approximately 5,000 satellites in low Earth orbit.