By Jacob Knutson Via Axios
Why it matters: Musk was heavily criticized for denying a request to activate SpaceX’s Starlink satellite communications network over part of the Crimean coast to allow Ukraine’s military to attack Russian ships at the Sevastopol Naval Base last year.
- The denial of the request was first reported by CNN from excerpts of an upcoming biography on Musk by Walter Isaacson.
Catch up quick: Musk claimed he denied the request because, if it had been approved, “SpaceX would be explicitly complicit in a major act of war and conflict escalation.”
- By making the decision, Ukrainian and other foreign officials said he protected Russian military assets and assisted Moscow in its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.
- The Russian ships at the Sevastopol base have served as launch platforms for cruise missiles, which Moscow has used against civilian targets.