Over 10,000 additional Starlink terminals will be sent to Ukraine by the end of the year, according to the deputy prime minister.

According to Fedorov, the governments of several European Union countries are willing to share payment. Fedorov did not publicly identify which governments are contributing towards the payments, but he did confirm that there is currently no contract in place and that Ukraine will need additional funding by the spring of23.

Ukraine Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov Interview
Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, said that some Starlink antennas will be deployed to locations where Ukrainians could get uninterrupted access to power, heating, and internet.
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Fedorov said that they were prepared to live without electricity for a month with at least mobile network and text messages. We have a lot of Starlinks, but the key point is we have got a nod for another shipment that will be used to stabilizing connection for critical situations

Fedorov said that the country has received over 20,000 Starlink antennas. The support for the Starlink satellite-based internet service was enabled in Ukranian after a request was made to the CEO of the company. There is no other way to connect to the internet.

A resident waits for her phone to charge at a temporary charging point and internet hotspot via a Starlink device on November 17, 2022 in Kherson, Ukraine
Starlink services have become a lifeline for both civilian and military communications throughout the war-torn country following Russian attacks on Ukraine’s communications networks and energy infrastructure.
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Fedorov said that SpaceX and Musk helped them. Musk said he would continue to support the country. He has already delivered some steps after I messaged him on the day of the power failure. He knows what's going on.

Back in October, Musk agreed to continue funding the Starlink terminals after the U.S. government refused to pay for internet services. Starlink was losing about $20 million a month to maintain services in Ukraine, and the company couldn't fund support "indefinitely." After an initial discount in August, the price of Starlink satellite terminals and services in Ukranian was increased to reflect local market conditions.