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Russia disrupts Starlink at frontline using new technologies

Russia disrupts Starlink at frontline using new technologies Illustrative photo (Getty Images)
Author: Maria Kholina

Russia has deployed advanced technologies to disrupt the Starlink satellite internet, leading to new outages along the northern front line, according to The New York Times.

In May, when Russian forces took positions near Kharkiv, they deployed more powerful electronic weapons and sophisticated methods to disrupt the Starlink system.

Ukraine's Minister of Digital Technologies, Mykhailo Fedorov, said that recent Russian attacks on Starlink likely involved new and more advanced technologies. Previously, this service had effectively withstood interference on battlefields where electronic warfare, jamming, and other communication disruptions were widely used.

"The Russians are now testing different mechanisms to disrupt the quality of Starlink connections because it’s so important for us," he said, without revealing details about what he called their "powerful" electronic weapon systems.

Fedorov added that Ukraine is in constant communication with SpaceX to resolve the issues.


Starlink is a satellite system providing high-speed broadband internet access. It is crucial for Ukraine, especially in regions close to the front line where ground infrastructure may be damaged or non-existent.

Since the start of the Russian invasion, Poland has been actively assisting Ukraine and supplied 5,000 Starlink stations by August 2022.