How has Elon Musk helped Ukraine?

Russia continues to bomb Ukraine, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky reporting intense attacks including shelling of civilian infrastructure and ambulances.

Starlink is a constellation of satellites created by SpaceX, with the aim of launching satellite internet coverage which will one day span the entire globe.

In 2021 the number of satellites launched by SpaceX reached more than 2,000, which will communicate with ground-based transceivers.

SpaceX has permission from US authorities to send up 12,000 satellites in total, and as of the most recent update in February 2022, the beta internet service is available in 29 countries.

Now Mr Musk has activated the network in Ukraine, and pledged "more terminals en route".

The activation of Starlink came after Ukraine's First Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov asked for help.

Tweeting to Mr Musk, Mr Fedorov said: "While you try to colonize Mars — Russia try to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people!

Mr Fedorov said: “Starlink terminals are coming to Ukraine! Thank you Elon Musk, thank you everyone, who supported Ukraine!”

This isn't the first time Starlink has aided a nation, with work currently underway to restore internet access in Tonga, following a volcanic eruption on January 15.

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