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Elon Musk sends shipment of Starlink internet kits to Ukraine

The world’s richest man, Elon Musk, has deployed millions of dollars worth of emergency internet technology in war-torn Ukraine.

Ukrainians have received a significant ray of hope from the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, as the country continues its battle against Vladimir Putin’s Russian army.

The war-torn country this week received millions of dollars worth of Starlink rapid-deployment kits from Mr Musk to help with its emergency communications.

On Thursday, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov took to Twitter to express his gratitude.

“Received second shipment from Starlink stations! Elon Musk keeps his word! Thank you for supporting Ukraine and world peace!” he wrote.

Hours later, Mr. Musk himself responded, saying the country would also have received a batch of other emergency supplies.

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“You’re welcome. We also sent power adapters for car cigarette lighters, solar battery packs and generators for places where electricity is not available,” he wrote.

Mr Musk also announced that Ukrainians employed by his automaker Tesla would be paid up to three months if they returned to their country to fight in the war, CNBC reported.

The offer was reportedly made in an email distributed Monday to employees in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

It is not yet clear whether the same offer will be extended to company employees in North America or other parts of the world.

The free boost was also offered to Ukrainian 5,000 Tesla drivers at stations in Poland, Hungary and Slovakia, as Tesla does not officially operate in Ukraine.

It’s not the first time he’s dipped into his own – very deep – pocket to help out in a crisis.

He answered a call from Mick Fanning on Wednesday after the surfing legend asked the multi-billionaire for help with flooding in Queensland and northern New South Wales.

“Elon Musk, we need help with the flood disaster in NSW, Australia. People have no means of communication and really need your help! Can you help us with Starlink? How can we make it happen? Please share,” Fanning tweeted.

As of Wednesday, more than 10 Starlink kits, worth around $10,000 each, had been received in northern New South Wales.

The technology, developed by SpaceX, serves as a satellite internet service allowing people to connect to the internet by connecting to low-orbit satellites launched into space by Mr Musk.

Last year, Starlink partnered with telecommunications provider NetVault, which has representatives providing the technology in flood-torn areas of QLD and New South Wales.

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