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Since the beginning of the conflict, Ukraine has used Starlink kits to compensate for Internet cuts. Technologies deployed by the SpaceX company and useful in times of war. A nice publicity stunt for the billionaire.
The message is written on an A4 sheet, in green marker: “As of April 10, 2022, Starlink access will operate near City Hall.” Words scrawled and plastered hastily on the town hall mean a lot to the residents of Katioujanka, a small village 57 kilometers from the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. Because, thanks to this high-speed satellite Internet service deployed by billionaire Elon Musk and his company SpaceX, the wi-fi bars can once again sparkle. For the first time in two months.
“It’s like a light after darkness”, summarizes Anne, a 25-year-old resident of Katioujanka. At the start of the war, this former hotel worker saw Russian troops invade her village, occupying peasant homes and administrative buildings. Some of the 4,200 villagers, including Anne, fled. Others stayed, like his family, and were isolated from the rest of the world.
Without electricity, without network and without Internet, there is no way to follow the evolution of the conflict. Even less to have news of his relatives. Against a backdrop of looting, the invader finally broke camp in early April. Crossing pine forests and surrounding swamps, a first Starlink kit has arrived. “For the first connection, people gathered around the m…