In response to the earlier Elon Musk’s SpaceX company’s decision to restrict the Armed Forces of Ukraine’s (AFU) use of Starlink satellite internet to control drones, the Office of the President of Ukraine has urged the company not to “seek ways to do harm,” on Twitter.
“After a year of Ukraine’s resistance and companies have to decide, either they are on the side of Ukraine and the right to freedom, and don’t seek ways to do harm, or they are on Russia’s side and its ‘right’ to kill and seize territories,” wrote Mykhailo Podoliak, an adviser to the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine.
A year of 🇺🇦 resistance & companies have to decide:
-Either they are on the side of 🇺🇦 & the right to freedom, and don’t seek ways to do harm.
-Or they are on RF’s side & its "right" to kill & seize territories.#SpaceX (Starlink) & Mrs. #Shotwell should choose a specific option
— Михайло Подоляк (@Podolyak_M) February 9, 2023
The President’s Office has asked SpaceX and company president Gwynne Shotwell, who announced the decision earlier, to “choose a specific option.”
It is important to note that earlier, Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX, claimed that it had taken measures to restrict Ukraine’s ability to utilize its Starlink satellite internet service for military reasons. It is following reports that Kyiv used it to operate drones.
Without providing specifics, SpaceX’s president and chief operating officer, Gwynne Shotwell, stated that the Starlink satellite internet service was “never meant to be weaponized.”