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Bloomberg: Ukraine Urges Musk’s Starlink to Keep Helping Alongside Weapons
With Russia’s invasion entering its fourth month, sustaining the fight will require not only more weapons but also that billionaire Elon Musk keep facilitating access to high-speed broadband internet, Ukraine’s information minister said.
The SpaceX founder has provided over 12,000 Starlink dishes to Ukraine so far, Mykhailo Fedorov, the minister for digital transformation, said in an interview on Monday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Those terminals are proving crucial in supporting infrastructure across Ukraine as it wages its own information war on social media against Russia.
In cryptocurrency alone, Ukraine has received over $70 million in aid, he said, although he noted the flow was a little erratic.
Fedorov said “direct communication” with Facebook owner Meta Platforms has improved and the company is doing more to delete questionable content. Ukraine does not have issues with other social media platforms, he said, noting YouTube also deleted over 9,000 disinformation videos.
Come Back Alive is one of the largest charitable foundations that supports Ukrainian soldiers, founded by the IT specialist Vitaliy Deynega. The organization collected more than 210 million UAH (more than $7M) in 2014. According to Na chasi, the Patreon page Come Back Alive is in the top ten projects by the number of financial donations.