Russia's electronic attacks partially disrupt Starlink in Ukraine

УUkrainian soldier with Starlink terminal
УUkrainian soldier with Starlink terminal

Russia's electronic warfare influence “does not completely interrupt the operation of Starlink, but it does cause some discomfort” on the front, Serhiy Beskrestnov, a military expert in communications, electronic reconnaissance and  warfare, call sign "Flash," said ina recent interview with Radio NV.

"We are not experiencing a total breakdown in communications or loss of control and data transmission channels; however, we do observe some negative impacts, such as slight changes in speed, delays, and loss of some data packets," he explained.

Beskrestnov also mentioned that the issues are localized. "It is not happening everywhere, just in spots. We are collaborating with SpaceX to identify and neutralize these issues," he added.

This situation aligns with a May 24 New York Times report detailing Starlink connectivity disruptions in Ukraine's Kharkiv Oblast, which coincided with a new Russian offensive.

The disruptions reportedly hindered Ukrainian military efforts as they attempted to counterattack using drones. Communication lags became so severe that soldiers resorted to using text messages, which were difficult to send, according to a Ukrainian official.

Kari A. Bingen, a former Pentagon official and electronic warfare expert, suggested that Russia could be jamming Starlink by using powerful radio frequencies to overwhelm communication channels. Such "invisible attacks" are typically launched from vehicles equipped with large radio towers.

Additionally, experts believe Russia may be employing specialized electronic weapons on drones to disrupt GPS signals utilized by Starlink.

Further corroborating these concerns, The Washington Post on May 17 reported significant disruptions to Starlink terminals during a Russian offensive in Kharkiv Oblast on May 10, which resulted in a loss of internet connection for the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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