Russia will receive Starlink terminals thanks to the so-called parallel import through third countries, Andrey Yusov said.
The Ukrainian military is already working to neutralize the threat from the Starlink satellite communication terminals, which the Russians have already started using on the front. The representative of the Main Intelligence Directorate (GUR) of the Ministry of Defense, Andrei Yusov, said this in a telethon on Monday, February 12.
“In fact, Russia continues to work through so-called parallel imports, and in fact, smuggling. And yes, through third countries. We will not name specific countries, and this information requires clarification, but Starlink is freely available for sale in the Russian Federation on open online-sites,” he said.
According to Yusov, over the years the use of Starlink terminals on the front line in the Russian army has become more systematic and streamlined.
“That is, the invaders are betting on these devices, gadgets. So, yes, of course, work is underway to neutralize this threat. We will not disclose these details today,” emphasized GUR representative.
However, he added that no one has claimed that Starlink was officially sold to the Russians.
“But today the Russian Federation is not only the No. 1 terrorist state, but also the No. 1 smuggler state. Therefore, yes, this is a problem that they are working on now,” Yusov concluded.
A week ago, information came out that the Russians on the front began using Starlink terminals. GUR later confirmed the data and made the evidence public.
In the end, billionaire Elon Musk intervened in the situation and ensured that his company SpaceX did not sell Starlink terminals to Russia directly or indirectly.
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