Elon Musk, SpaceX founder and CEO, has confirmed that SpaceX will no longer fund donated Starlink internet terminals in Ukraine.
It follows a CNN report that SpaceX requested funding for the terminals, citing documents obtained from the Pentagon. According to the report, the company is instead asking the US government to pay for the terminals.
At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow’s reservist mobilization would end in two weeks. He added that there was no need for major new attacks on Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces continue to gain ground in Russian-held and illegally annexed territories, prompting Russian-installed authorities to urge civilians in the southern Kherson region to evacuate.
Evacuees are scheduled to arrive in Russia from today. Ukrainian officials say Russian authorities are conducting “forced deportations” of Ukrainians, not evacuations. CNBC was unable to verify either side’s claims.
Numerous human rights groups, as well as Ukrainian and Western officials, have accused Russia of forcibly deporting Ukrainian civilians, including children, to Russia, which constitutes a war crime. Moscow insists that people came to Russia of their own accord.
Kyiv said it liberated 600 settlements from Russian occupation this month, including 75 in Kherson.