In October 2022, because the Russo-Ukrainian conflict waged on, Musk abruptly threatened to stop funding using Starlink satellites by Ukraine, as reported by The Washington Post. Given the nation’s heavy reliance on these satellites for its conflict efforts, such a transfer would have crippled Ukraine’s defenses and supplied a serious tactical benefit to Russia.
Even extra shockingly, the risk appeared to be a response to a Ukrainian ambassador who insulted him on Twitter. After Musk ran a Twitter ballot suggesting the battle be ended by way of a UN-supervised vote, and that the contested Crimea area stay a part of Russia, Andrij Melnyk, Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, told Musk, “F— off is my very diplomatic reply to you.” Shortly after threatening to chop Ukraine off from the Starlink community, Musk tweeted, “We’re just following his recommendation.”
But solely a day later, Musk rescinded his risk, promising to proceed funding with a bitter tweet that learn, “The hell with it … even though Starlink is still losing money & other companies are getting billions of taxpayer $, we’ll just keep funding Ukraine govt for free” (by way of The New York Times). The Times speculated that Musk’s about-face was in response to worldwide rebuke for his risk, and famous that SpaceX had solely donated 3,000 satellites to the Ukrainian effort, whereas the United States, the United Kingdom, and Poland footed the invoice for nearly 17,000.
The incident was a weird occasion of a tech company turning into mired in worldwide geopolitics, and the world could by no means know the way shut Musk got here to handing Russia its desired annexation of Ukraine.