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The world's richest man Elon Musk has reportedly threatened to axe Ukraine's vital Starlink service.
The tech tycoon made the daring announcement as he suggested that an ambassador was rude to him.
The important services have helped civilians trapped in the war-torn country stay connected since Putin declared war.
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It has been reported that Starlink uses around 2,000 satellites to support underserved areas across the globe with internet access.
But a letter from SpaceX warned that it will end the service just days after a feud over Crimea and Musk's alleged ties to Putin.
He received backlash earlier this month when he posted a Twitter poll which featured a "peace" plan.
The plan included Kyiv giving up Crimea and the Donbas to the Kremlin, reports The Sun.
The outlandish suggestion sparked a row which saw president Volodomyr Zelensky accuse Musk of siding with Putin.
The president posted his own Twitter poll and asked: "Which @elonmusk do you like more? One who supports Ukraine (or) one who supports Russia."
In response, Kyiv's ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, typed: "F*** off is my very diplomatic reply to you @elonmusk."
Ukrainian forces have relied on tech which links to the internet through Musk's satellites – after Russia took down the terrestrial comms.
However, the service has recently been struck with random outages which has forced troops to stop their counterattacks in the south and east.
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It was revealed last night (Thursday, October 13), Musk's company warned they would halt Starlink if Pentagon doesn't pay tens of millions of dollars.
According to CNN, SpaceX can no longer afford to fund the service in Ukraine after they already spent a staggering $80million (£71m) on it.
SpaceX’s director of government sales told Pentagon in September: “We are not in a position to further donate terminals to Ukraine, or fund the existing terminals for an indefinite period of time."
Today (Friday, October 14) Musk responded to a Kyiv-based journalist and tweeted: "We’re just following his recommendation," and ended the tweet with a shrug emoji.
His followers weren't too pleased with his childish response.
One said: "Not a very good ad for a service that many MoDs might be considering and turns out to depend on one person's ego."
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