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US confirms talks with Musk’s company over Ukraine Starlink access

The Pentagon confirmed on Friday that the Biden administration is engaged with Elon Musk’s SpaceX company about ensuring continued internet access for Ukraine.

“I can confirm that the department has been in communication with SpaceX regarding Starlink. I’m not going to get into further details of these discussions just now," Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh told reporters.

The announcement comes after CNN reported that it obtained a letter from SpaceX’s government sales chief warning that the company would no longer be able to foot the bill for Starlink services, which would cost tens of millions of dollars per month.

“We are not in a position to further donate terminals to Ukraine, or fund the existing terminals for an indefinite period of time," the letter says.

The Starlink satellite internet terminals have been critical to Ukraine’s battlefield successes against Russia, enabling the country’s military to rapidly communicate on the battlefield.

Another document obtained by CNN from Ukrainian Gen. Valerii Zaluzhniy in which he directly appealed to Musk for some 8,000 Starlink terminals.


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