In recent developments, US billionaire Elon Musk has announced that his company SpaceX will not be selling Starlink terminals to Russia. This decision comes after a report from the Ukrainian government that claimed Russian paratroopers were using the terminals. However, Musk vehemently denied these claims, stating that to the best of his knowledge, no Starlinks had been sold to Russia, directly or indirectly.
This announcement from Musk contradicts a statement he made just last week that he had no business relations with Russia and that Starlink did not work there. The audio recording released by Ukrainian military intelligence on Telegram featuring Russian paratroopers discussing the deployment of Starlink terminals likely prompted this change in stance. No statement has been issued by Russia regarding these claims.
It is important to note that Starlink is operated by SpaceX and not by Russia. As such, any sale of the terminals would require approval from SpaceX and its parent company Tesla. It remains unclear whether any such approvals have been granted or if they are even possible given current tensions between Russia and Ukraine.