SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has confirmed that SpaceX will no longer fund donated Starlink internet terminals in Ukraine.
It follows a CNN report that SpaceX was withdrawing funding for the terminals, citing documents obtained from the Pentagon. Instead, the company is asking the US government to pay for the terminals, according to the report.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow’s mobilization of reserves would end in two weeks. He added that there was no need for further massive strikes against Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces continue to gain ground in Russian-occupied and illegally annexed territories, prompting Russian-installed authorities to urge civilians in the southern Kherson region to evacuate.
Evacuees are due to start arriving in Russia today. Ukrainian officials say Russian authorities are not carrying out an evacuation but a “forced expulsion” of Ukrainians. CNBC was unable to verify either party’s claims.
Numerous rights groups as well as Ukrainian and Western officials have accused Russia of forcibly deporting Ukrainian civilians, including children, to Russia as a war crime. Moscow insists that people came to Russia of their own free will.
Kyiv says it has liberated 600 settlements from Russian occupation this month, including 75 in Kherson.