As the world watches on as Russia continues to invade Ukraine, Elon Musk has now entered the fray. The South African born Tesla founder and world’s richest man, received a special plea from the Ukrainian government. Musk seems to have listened and says he intends to do more. With Russia having disconnected large networks as parts of the Ukrainian internet, SpaceX satellites are now on their way.
Elon Musk stabalises the Ukrainian internet
It all started when Ukrainian Technology Minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, asked Musk for help directly on Twitter.
“While you try to colonize Mars — Russia try to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations.”
Fedorov said on Twitter
So what is Starlink? Starlink is part of Musk’s space exploration company, SpaceX. Starlink is made up of a group of over 2 000 satellites that aim to provide high-speed internet access around the world.
As last week went on, Ukraine has been experiencing more and more internet disruptions. Musk and Starlink recently launched 50 new Starlink satellites.
Shortly after Fedorov’s tweet, Musk revealed that the Starlink service is now active in Ukraine.
Ukraine creating “IT army”
On Saturday, Fedorov also asked for people from all over the world to join an “IT army”.
“We need digital talents. All operational tasks will be given here: https://t.me/itarmyofurraine. There will be tasks for everyone. We continue to fight on the cyber front. The first task is on the channel for cyber specialists.”
The Russian army is known for its ability to deliver constant cyber-attacks on those it deems to be its enemy.
On Saturday, global hacking group Anonymous declared war on the Vladimir Putin regime. The hacking group says it is doing all it can to come to the defence of Ukrainians AND help Russian civilians receive more than just censored information.
Anonymous says it is working hard to keep Russian government websites shut down.