Elon Musk under fire for allegedly assisting Putin

08/09/2023 10:02

Henrik R

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Elon Musk under fire for allegedly assisting Putin.

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CNN recently disclosed information from an unpublished biography of Elon Musk, revealing that the billionaire chose to disable his Starlink satellite network over the Crimea area.

This action led to Ukrainian drones, filled with explosives, losing connectivity and ultimately being washed ashore. Musk's decision was driven by fears that the attack, which he termed a "mini Pearl Harbor," would provoke a nuclear retaliation from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Musk's Conversations with Kremlin

Musk's concerns were fueled by his conversations with Kremlin representatives. He stated that he did not want to be involved in the war and that Starlink was designed for peaceful purposes like streaming Netflix, not for drone attacks.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov requested the reconnection of the drones to the network.

Mykhailo Podolak, an advisor in the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, criticized Musk on Twitter.

He argued that by interfering with Starlink, Musk allowed the Russian fleet to launch Kalibr missiles at Ukrainian cities, resulting in civilian casualties. Podolak questioned why some people are so keen to defend war criminals.

Despite Musk's threats last year to cease funding the network in Ukraine, he later changed course and reached an agreement with the Pentagon for its continued operation. However, the Pentagon's dependence on Musk's whims has caused concern within the administration.

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