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Ukrainian PM thanks Poland for Starlink terminals

30.12.2022 20:00
Ukraine's Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal has thanked Poland for supplying another batch of Starlink satellite communication terminals to his country.
A Starlink terminal used by the Ukrainian army.
A Starlink terminal used by the Ukrainian army.Photo: Mil.gov.ua, CC BY 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

"Ukraine received another batch of Starlinks from Poland," Shmyhal announced on the Telegram messaging service on Friday.

"Today they will go to Points of Invincibility, and to support the healthcare and energy sectors," he said.

He added that it was important that Ukrainians stay in touch with their loved ones and that critical infrastructure continues to operate despite difficulties, state news agency Ukrinform reported.

'I’d like to thank the fraternal Polish people'

"I’d like to thank the fraternal Polish people, the Polish government, and Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki for the swift help in a time of crisis, which was provided without delay," Shmyhal wrote on Telegram, as quoted by Ukrinform.

Denys Szmyhal i Mateusz Morawiecki w Kijowie Denys Shmyhal and Mateusz Morawiecki meet in Kyiv earlier this year. Photo: Polish Prime Minister's Office

"This is the third batch of Starlinks that Ukraine receives from Poland," he added. "And this is the first part of a major batch, which we are set to receive by the end of January."

He thanked "partners and friends from Poland who support Ukraine in its fight for freedom," according to Ukrinform.

'We all hope that 2023 will be a year of victory and peace': Polish PM

Poland's Morawiecki said in a tweet that "the end of the year is not the end of Polish aid for Ukraine."

The Polish prime minister tweeted: "We all hope that 2023 will be a year of victory and peace."

In early December, Janusz Cieszyński, the Polish government's pointman on digital technology and cybersecurity, said that Poland had supplied more than 10,000 Starlink terminals to Ukraine to ensure internet access and communication.

Starlink terminals, developed by US billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX company, help Ukrainian soldiers operate drones, receive vital intelligence, and communicate with each other in areas where secure networks are unavailable, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

The system also provides internet access to Ukrainian NGOs and civilians and supports infrastructure across the country, it said.


Source: PAP/PAPukrinform.net