'We're Just Following His Recommendation': Musk May Stop Paying for Starlink After Being Told to 'F--k Off' by Ukrainian Diplomat

Chris Menahan
Oct. 14, 2022

Earlier this month, Elon Musk put forward a perfectly reasonable peace plan to end the war in Ukraine and was told to "f**k off" by Ukrainian diplomat Andrij Melnyk and accused of "supporting Russia" by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

Oleksii Arestovych, who works as an advisor to Zelensky on the war, threatened Musk by sharing a photoshopped image of his face superimposed over the face of pro-Russian Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, who was arrested (and potentially tortured) by the SBU earlier this year at the start of the war.

"We work promptly," Arestovych's caption says.

On Thursday, it came out that Musk's Starlink is planning to stop footing the bill for their free satellite internet service to Ukraine.

"Elon Musk’s Starlink says it can no longer afford to give Ukraine free service and asks the Pentagon to pay for it," Kyiv Post's Jason Smart said on Twitter. "Starlink had been a game changer in the war. This comes days after Ukrainian Ambassador @MelnykAndrij told Musk to 'f--k off.'"

"We're just following his recommendation," Musk responded, adding a shrug emoji.

Musk said providing the service is costing them almost $20 million a month.

According to CNN, Starlink actually made the request last month, a few days before the Twitter spat and ensuing threats.

Nonetheless, their belligerence appears to have made it more likely that Musk will follow-through on his plan to cut them off.

Ukraine has the worst diplomats on the entire planet (including Zelensky himself) yet they're getting tens of billions of dollars from the West to "fight to the last Ukrainian" in a NATO proxy war with Russia.

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