Very interesting statement from @elonmusk re Ukrainian StarLink and how damaging it is for @SpaceX economics.

Being Ukrainian actually in the topic of StarLinks, I want to tell you some based facts re starlinks in Ukraine.

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0. I admire the actions of SpaceX of enabling StarLink service in Ukraine. It is a true game changer for Ukrainian army in the open fields of no cellular, and long distances not suitable for radios, given the situation is changing quick on the battlefield.

It’s a game-changer. Image
1. Despite that, I have not seen ANY StarLink which was bought by the governments, or by SpaceX. All the Starlinks I have seen / used - were bought either by volunteers like myself, or soldiers put their personal money in.

The subscription price is also paid out of the pocket.
2. In my charity fund @dzygaspaw, I have bought and delivered to the frontlines over 50 StarLinks, some of them are still being paid from my credit card, now 60$ each per month.

Pic related - one more StarLink I bought and pay for - for Ukrainian EOD unit for Kharkiv offensive. Image
3. I would be VERY curious to see actual transparency on the process of getting StarLinks up and running in Ukraine, all the hidden costs that Elon claims. Because - Ukrainians pay the same price as everyone else but it’s only Ukraine that is a subject to discussion for @elonmusk
4. I have bought over 50 StarLinks, with official prices right from the website in EU countries - Poland, CZ, Germany - like 400-500 bucks each, then enable portability for extra IIRC 50$, then payed monthly fee of 60$ (was 120$ before).

It’s the same for everyone else in EU.
5. My question is - why is Ukraine so special for @elonmusk in sense of operating @SpaceX and StarLink? I don’t get the answers from the interview he did with CNN exclusive, especially given the numbers they claim.

I think it’s far from reality. Image
6. All pictures in this thread are legit usage of StarLinks in Ukrainian military for communication.

I am arranging that through my charity work - see dzygaspaw.com
I have helped my buddies in the military to survive - just because they can get information.
May I present you bank statement of my buddy
As the winter is to come, we are fundraising for 100 StarLinks for Ukrainian army - for the units we support with our charity fund.

I see big potential in having comms.

I kindly invite you to support my initiative and thank you for all the support that people have done alrdy!

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Nov 29
I have a question to @elonmusk re Starlink prices going up in Ukraine.

Did SpaceX pushed the prices up on purpose right when Ukraine started getting electricity, internet and cellular outages daily?

As Ukrainian, I can see the enormous demand for Starlinks now in Ukraine -> 🧵
Right now, I don’t have electricity at my home. I also don’t have cellular. My internet provider is down.

Why?

Because Russia is shelling critical civilian infrastructure country-wide weekly.

I can write this tweet thanks to my charging station and Starlink.
One month before, it was never an issue in Ukraine - to get stable 4G internet from the phone, but not anymore.

I am privileged to have Starlinks and charging stations at my home - because I am running a charity fund @dzygaspaw which specializes in exactly this.
Read 5 tweets
Nov 29
We made it - 100 starlinks!!! 🚀 🚀 🚀

We got enough money to buy them, and we have bought 65 of them already! 35 more to go, but we are getting there!

What I feel about this project 🧵
It was very ambitious and we didn’t believe we can make it, but still we put all our creativity into making it happen!

And you folks - are the ones who put trust in us to deliver on such ambitious project - probably the biggest public starlink fundraiser ever made.

Thanks! 🫡
With the recent bombing of critical civilian infrastructure, military needs the internet connection even more - because there is no cellular even in the places where it has been some.
Read 5 tweets
Nov 28
I have a politically correct confession to make.

I don’t like Russians.

I think, everyone can understand why, but I was debating for so long with my friends whether it’s helpful or not.

My way of going through this generational trauma as young Ukrainian 24yo kid

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You can’t like other nation that has invaded your country and kills you for 8 years, brainwashing the whole world that it’s YOU who are killing YOU.

Russians have caused so much destruction to me, my family, friends, and every Ukrainian.
That destruction leaves both psychological and physical scars.

I wish every Russian to feel what people in Bucha felt, in Kharkiv, in Izium.

I think it’s fair for them to start with losing their comfort - electricity, heat, running water, shopping malls, fancy cars, hygiene.
Read 18 tweets
Nov 13
That is why this morning is very tough for me mentally.

Because of indefinite cruelty and violence is what Russia is all about.

This man, Evgeny, was a Russian prisoner of war in Ukraine.

These are last seconds of his life. I know him and talked to him.

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This guy was an actual prisoner, recruited by Wagner group to fight Ukrainians.

He had his term because of murder, and seen that as opportunity to run from prison to Ukraine - at least that’s what he said to me.
That’s why I took more attention to this video - because his face was familiar to me…

He was a prisoner of war captured by Skala battalion and I was there exactly when he was captured and held as POW there, before being exchanged.
Read 7 tweets
Nov 8
What I have learned from my last trip to Izium in September - exactly when it got liberated.

Thoughts and observations.

🧵 twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Russia is very cruel. Only facts. You get used to it when you see it.

It does not feel like that in peaceful cities.

It leaves a lot of destruction behind
We are lucky that we are united in our fight. I am lucky to have great friends.

It’s surreal to realize that these are the best people of Ukraine, risking their lives everyday in unfair war against Russia.

This will put Ukraine back again.
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Nov 8
What I can notice in western media is a clearly pushed narrative “Ukraine, go make a deal with Russia”.

I think, it’s pushed out of Russian money because of negative traction on the battlefield, thus they want to freeze the conflict anyhow.

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Russians even stopped terrorizing Ukrainian cities with missiles and shaheds targeting critical civilian infrastructure.

At the same time, we see articles in Western media saying “We are tired of war, go make a deal”, “Ukrainians want peace, it’s warmonger Zelenskyy”, etc.
Russians even tried to push a twitter hashtag #LightOnZelenskyyOff pretending to be Ukrainians who are against “political warmonger” ambitions of Zelenskyy.

Obviously, they failed. But I must point it out as well - as a part of their campaign.
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