USAID Safeguards Internet Access in Ukraine through Public-Private-Partnership with SpaceX

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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Office of Press Relations
press@usaid.gov

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has delivered 5,000 Starlink Terminals to the Government of Ukraine through a public-private partnership with the American aerospace manufacturer, SpaceX.

The Starlink satellite terminals will enable unlimited, unthrottled data connectivity from anywhere in Ukraine. The terminals will allow public officials and critical citizen service providers to continue to communicate within Ukraine and with the outside world, even if Putin’s brutal aggression severs Ukraine’s fiber optic or cellular communication infrastructure connections.

Since Putin’s unprovoked, further invasion of Ukraine on February 24, USAID has been working closely with humanitarian partners in Ukraine and in the region to reach Ukrainians with lifesaving humanitarian assistance while also ramping up development programs to respond to cyber attacks, disinformation, threats to the energy sector, essential health needs, and to support the continued functioning of local and national government entities.

For citizens who want to help get vital assistance to Ukrainians in need, there’s one thing to remember: cash is best. That’s because it’s efficient, flexible, and allows humanitarian organizations on the ground to buy what’s most needed, quickly. For more information on giving to reputable relief organizations, please click here: https://www.cidi.org/disaster-responses/war-in-ukraine/

Last updated: May 23, 2022

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