Brit PoW thanks Elon Musk and Starlink for calling home ahead of capture

Aiden Aslin was held in Russian prison after his surrender in Ukraine (Images: Rex/EPA/Reuters)

Aiden Aslin was held in Russian prison after his surrender in Ukraine (Images: Rex/EPA/Reuters)

Aiden Aslin, the recently liberated British prisoner of war, has thanked the world’s richest man for his space-based broadband internet service.

When the conflict in Ukraine stepped up, Elon Musk ordered his Starlink satellite service made available in the country.

Other methods of communication were quickly shut down by the invading Russians, but Starlink remained active.

And according to Aslin, just before he surrendered and was jailed by Russian forces, that was what allowed him to call his family.

Since being released in a prisoner swap brokered by Saudi Arabia, Aslin has spoken openly about the horrific things he endured in Russian captivity.

He was beaten, stabbed and held in solitary confinement for five months after being arrested in Mariupol on April 12.

Aslin has shared details of his treatment in a Russian prison (Credit: Twitter)

Now back in the UK, Aslin has started posting on social media to tell the world about his experiences.

One of his posts includes a video he took before it was recorded and he thanks Musk for allowing him to post it.

Aslin tagged the billionaire in the post, writing, “I want to take a moment to thank you for letting the world know about your Starlink satellite and managing to call my family one last time.”

SpaceX, Musk’s private company, has been rolling out Starlink for the past few years.

Elon Musk listens during a briefing following the launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and a Crew Dragon spacecraft on NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, the United States, April 30, 2020 May 2020 to. REUTERS/ Jonathan Ernest

Elon Musk’s company SpaceX is building a space-based broadband network called Starlink (Credits: REUTERS)

Satellite technology, while extremely costly to deploy, can bring internet to people living in rural or hard-to-serve locations where fiber optic cables and cell towers cannot reach.

It is also resistant to encroachment by occupation governments, which could make it an important tool in global conflicts.

This week, Musk also suggested turning on Starlink over Iran as the country grips protests following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

Access to social media and other content is severely restricted in Iran, and internet watchdog group NetBlocks reported on Monday an “almost total” internet disruption in the Kurdish region’s capital, linking it to the protests.

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Justin Scacco

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