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In 2022, the American entrepreneur and owner of SpaceX Ilon Musk gave an order to turn off the Starlink satellite network near the coast of Crimea, which was occupied by Russia. This was done in order to prevent a possible attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet from the side of Ukraine.
CNN reports about this with reference to the published fragment of the biographical book "Ilon Musk" Walter Isaacson.
This biographical novel describes Elon Musk's dialogues with high-level officials of the aggressor state, which caused him fear. He was concerned that Russia might respond to a successful attack on Ukraine by using nuclear weapons. For this reason, the billionaire, on the instructions of Starlink technical services, ordered to turn off the service to the region around Crimea. Musk before a possible global nuclear war.
As you know, after Russia shut down Ukraine's communications systems before a full-scale invasion in February 2022, Elon Musk agreed to provide Ukraine with Starlink satellite terminals manufactured by SpaceX for millions of dollars, which became key to Ukraine's military operations.
Even when mobile and Internet networks were destroyed, Starlink terminals allowed Ukraine to stay connected and continue the fight.
But when Ukraine started using Starlink terminals to carry out attacks against Russia, Musk began to rethink this decision.
Prepared by Serhii Daga