Elon Musk shows support for Ukraine by hinting he could continue to fund internet service in the country as war with Russia rages
- Musk suggested SpaceX may keep funding Starlink internet service in Ukraine
- Tone of his Tweet on Saturday raised possibility that he was being sarcastic
- He joked Starling is losing money as others get billions of taxpayer money
Billionaire Elon Musk suggested his rocket company SpaceX may continue to fund its satellite-based Starlink internet service in Ukraine.
But the tone of his tweet on Saturday also raised the possibility he was being sarcastic as he often tweets jokes.
The Tesla boss said the set-up was costing SpaceX £17.8million a month.
He wrote: ‘The hell with it… even though Starlink is still losing money and other companies are getting billions of taxpayer money, we’ll just keep funding Ukraine government for free.’
Billionaire Elon Musk (pictured) suggested his rocket company SpaceX may continue to fund its satellite-based Starlink internet service in Ukraine
An official said Mr Musk had asked the US government to fund Starlink in Ukraine, but no decision has yet been made.
The senior US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive matter not yet made public, said the issue of Starlink funding has been discussed in meetings and that senior leaders are weighing the matter.
Starlink, which provides broadband internet service using more than 2,200 low-orbiting satellites, has provided crucial battlefield communications for Ukrainian military forces since early in the nation’s defence against Russia’s February invasion.
Tesla did not respond to requests for comment.