Musk says SpaceX will stop funding Starlink terminals in Ukraine; Russia begins evacuating civilians from Kherson – NBC 7 San Diego

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk has appeared to confirm that his company SpaceX will no longer fund donated Starlink internet terminals in Ukraine.

It follows a CNN report that SpaceX was withdrawing funding for the terminals, citing documents obtained from the Pentagon. Instead, SpaceX is asking the US government to pay for the terminals, according to the report.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces continue to gain ground in territories illegally occupied and annexed by Russia, prompting Russian-installed authorities to urge civilians in the southern Kherson region to evacuate. Evacuees are due to start arriving in Russia today.

Kyiv says it has liberated 600 settlements from Russian occupation this month, including 75 in Kherson.

Six ships leave Ukraine carrying more than 150,000 tons of agricultural products

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ISTANBUL, TURKIYE – AUGUST 09: An aerial view of ‘Glory’ named empty grain ship as representatives of Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations (UN) Joint Coordination Center (JCC) perform an inspection on the ship in Istanbul, Turkiye on August 09, 2022. The UN, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement on July 22 to reopen three Ukrainian ports – Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny – for grain blocked for months due to the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war, which is now in its sixth month. (Photo by Ali Atmaca/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

The organization overseeing the export of grain from Ukraine said it had allowed six ships to leave the beleaguered country.

The Black Sea Grain Initiative, an agreement between Ukraine, Russia, the United Nations and Turkey, said the ships were carrying 153,505 metric tons of grain and other crops.

Two ships are destined for Turkey and transport wheat and corn. A ship will depart from the Ukrainian port of Yuzhny-Pivdennyi for Iraq and will carry 33,000 metric tons of sunflower oil. Another ship will depart from Chornomorsk to China and will transport 62,860 tonnes of sunflower meal.

The fifth ship will leave for Germany and will transport 30,817 tonnes of rapeseed. A ship will leave for Lebanon carrying 7,000 tonnes of maize.

Learn more about the Black Sea Grain Initiative here.

—Amanda Macias

Russia to start evacuating civilians from Kherson

A view of Grad rocket fire as counterattacks against Russian forces continue in the Kherson region, October 07, 2022.
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A view of Grad rocket fire as counterattacks against Russian forces continue in the Kherson region, October 07, 2022.

Russia is about to start evacuating civilians from besieged Ukraine to Kherson, the latest sign that Ukrainian forces are succeeding in breaking through more of Russian-occupied territory.

“We suggested that all residents of the Kherson region, if they wish, to protect themselves from the consequences of missile strikes (…) go to other regions,” said Vladimir Saldo, head of administration installed by Russia in Kherson, in a video message. emphasizing that people should “leave with their children”.

Evacuees from Kherson in southern Ukraine are expected to start arriving in Russia on Friday, Reuters reported. This is despite Russia announcing the annexation of the territory in early October, along with three other Ukrainian regions, after holding a mock referendum claiming that a majority of Kherson residents want to join the Russian Federation.

The annexations were condemned by 143 countries in a UN vote on Thursday.

—Natasha Turak

Elon Musk seems to confirm that SpaceX will no longer fund Starlink terminals in Ukraine

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Elon Musk appeared to confirm that his company SpaceX would no longer fund Starlink internet terminals donated to Ukraine.

It follows a CNN report that SpaceX was withdrawing funding for the terminals, citing documents obtained from the Pentagon. Instead, SpaceX is asking the US government to pay for the terminals, according to the report.

Musk himself appeared to confirm this in a tweet on Friday, responding to a post on Twitter that referenced the Ukrainian ambassador telling Musk earlier this month to “f — off.”

“We’re just following his recommendation,” Musk replied.

The CNN report said the documents it obtained “show that last month Musk’s SpaceX sent a letter to the Pentagon saying it can no longer continue to fund the Starlink service as it has done.” .

“The letter also asked the Pentagon to take over funding for the Ukrainian government and military use of Starlink, which SpaceX said would cost more than $120 million for the remainder of the year and could cost nearly $400 million. million dollars for the next 12 months”. added.

According to the report, SpaceX’s director of government sales told the Pentagon in a letter in September, “We are unable to donate more terminals to Ukraine, or fund existing terminals indefinitely.”

Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, is one of the richest men on the planet.

—Natasha Turak

More than 320 ships carrying 7.2 million metric tons of grain and agricultural products have left Ukraine so far

An aerial view shows ships in the mooring area of ​​the southern entrance to the Bosphorus in Istanbul, October 12, 2022.
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An aerial view shows ships in the mooring area of ​​the southern entrance to the Bosphorus in Istanbul, October 12, 2022.

The organization overseeing grain export from Ukraine said that since August more than 320 ships have left the beleaguered country.

The Black Sea Grain Initiative, an agreement between Ukraine, Russia, the United Nations and Turkey, said the voyages exported more than 7.2 million metric tons of grain and other crops.

Learn more about the Black Sea Grain Initiative here.

—Amanda Macias

Treasury to hold meeting on continued efforts to impose sanctions on Russia

Saint Basil's Cathedral and a Kremlin tower are seen in Red Square in Moscow.
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Saint Basil’s Cathedral and a Kremlin tower are seen in Red Square in Moscow.

The US Treasury will host a meeting of countries imposing economic restrictions on Russia for its illegal invasion of Ukraine on Friday.

Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo, Assistant Secretary of Commerce Don Graves and Deputy Director of National Intelligence Morgan Muir will summon senior officials from finance ministries and other government agencies that impose sanctions and export controls against Russia.

“The economic restrictions imposed on the Russian military-industrial complex have had a direct effect on the battlefield,” the Treasury wrote in a statement.

“Together, these collective actions have rendered the Russian defense industry unable to produce and maintain critical equipment for operations in Ukraine, including unmanned aerial vehicles, tanks and missiles,” the statement said. adding that the Russian defense industry is “limping”.

—Amanda Macias

Russia accuses Ukraine of blowing up an ammunition dump inside Russia

Russia’s governor of Belgorod claims Ukrainian armed forces blew up an ammunition depot, according to an update to messaging app Telegram.

“In a village in the Belgorod district, as a result of shelling by the Ukrainian armed forces, an ammunition depot exploded. The detonation occurred,” wrote Vyacheslav Gladkov, governor of Belgorod.

He said there were no casualties or injuries. It was not immediately clear whether Ukraine had claimed responsibility for the bombardment near the ammunition dump.

—Amanda Macias

‘Putin has never been so isolated,’ says Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about US policy toward China during an event hosted by the Asia Society Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington, DC on May 26, 2022.
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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about US policy toward China during an event hosted by the Asia Society Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington, DC on May 26, 2022.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United Nations General Assembly vote condemning Moscow for its attempt to annex more parts of Ukraine shows that “the world has never been more united in its repudiation of the Russian war”.

“[Russian President Vladimir] Putin has never been more isolated,” Blinken told the State Department.

“The UN resolution is also a resounding affirmation of global support for all that President Putin is in fact trying to destroy. It is about affirming the right of every nation, large and small, to have sovereignty, its independence, its territorial integrity,” Blinken said. added.

—Amanda Macias

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