Russia is using Starlink in occupied areas, Ukraine says
Ukrainian intelligence reports that Russian forces are increasingly using SpaceX's Starlink satellite internet systems in occupied parts of Ukraine.
Ukrainian officials highlight this as a significant trend, despite Starlink's statement that it has no dealings with Russia's government or military.
The Main Directorate of Intelligence (GUR) confirmed that military units like the 83rd Air Assault Brigade have been utilizing these terminals.
Ukraine has officially commented for the first time on Russia's supposed use of Starlink, following Musk's denial of any direct or indirect sales to Russia. Russian officials did not respond to inquiries about these allegations.
The GUR has intercepted communications suggesting Russian soldiers are setting up Starlink equipment, with evidence posted on Telegram. It remains unclear how Russian forces have accessed the terminals—whether from external sources or from capturing them in the field.
Despite having no active terminals in Russia or marketing there, Starlink commits to deactivating any terminal if found in use by sanctioned or unauthorized entities. This situation continues to develop, with Ukrainian officials seeking to understand the full extent of Starlink's use by occupying forces.