Ukraine tells Elon Musk to ‘f–k off’ after sharing peace proposal to end war with Russia
Billionaire Elon Musk has shared a “peace plan” to end the Russian-Ukrainian war. But his proposal quickly met with backlash, including from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The richest man in the world and founder of Tesla proposed Monday, October 3 elections in the annexed regions under the supervision of the United Nations. “Russia leaves if that is the will of the people,” he said.
He also said that Crimea, the Ukrainian city annexed by Russia in 2014, originally belonged to Russia until a “mistake” by former Soviet Union Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev. He called for Crimea to officially become part of Russia.
Then he said that the Crimean water supply must be ensured. And finally, he argued, Ukraine should remain neutral rather than join NATO.
Musk then shared a Twitter poll asking his followers to give feedback on his suggestion.
“Crimea is officially part of Russia, as it has been since 1783 (until Khrushchev’s mistake)”, he also believed that Ukraine should remain neutral and asked his supporters to answer “yes and no” with their recommendations.
“Most likely that’s the end result, just a matter of how many people die before that,” Musk said.
He added that the war could go nuclear although that was unlikely.
Less than three hours after his first tweet, Zelensky responded to Musk with his own poll, mocking Musk’s plan.
“Which @elonmusk do you like the most?” asks Zelensky. Both choices? The one who supports Ukraine and the one who supports Russia.
Ukraine’s Ambassador to Germany Andrij Melnyk also stacked Musk in a way atypical for a diplomat. “Fuck off is my very diplomatic response,” he wrote. Melnyk later added that no Ukrainian would ever buy a Tesla, telling Musk “good luck.”
Musk, however, persisted.
“Let’s try this then: the will of the people of Donbass and Crimea should decide whether they are part of Russia or Ukraine,” he wrote, asking his Twitter followers to answer “yes”. or not”.
However, Times correspondent Christopher Miller responded to Musk’s tweet, referring to Ukraine’s independence referendum, when Ukrainians were asked to vote on the country’s independence.
In March, Elon Musk publicly challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin to “single combat” for Ukraine.
Taking to Twitter, the SpaceX CEO wrote, “I hereby challenge Vladimir Putin to single combat.”
Last week Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of four regions – Lugansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhia and Kheria and claimed “this is the will of millions of people”. ????