A day after announcing it could no longer afford to do so, Elon Musk said on Saturday that his rocket firm SpaceX will continue to fund its Starlink internet service in Ukraine, citing the necessity for “good deeds.”
Tweeted by Musk: “The hell with it … even though Starlink is still losing money & other companies are getting billions of taxpayer $, we’ll just keep funding Ukraine govt for free.”
The funding of Starlink in Ukraine by SpaceX, according to Musk on Friday, was not sustainable. The service has aided military personnel and citizens in staying online throughout the conflict with Russia.
Musk later appeared to suggest that his change of heart was sincere, but it was first unclear if it was. Musk said, “No good deed goes unpunished”, he replied “Even so, we should still do good deeds.”
Over a peace plan he proposed that Ukraine claims is excessively lenient toward Russia, the billionaire has engaged in online fights with Ukrainian politicians.
He made his remarks on funding on Friday in response to a media story that SpaceX had requested the Pentagon to pay for Starlink donations.
When contacted for comment, SpaceX did not provide any. Pentagon did not respond.