With Putin’s name written in Russian and Ukraine written in Ukrainian, the Tesla chief executive tweeted: “I hereby challenge (Vladimir Putin) to single combat. Stakes are (Ukraine).” Musk tagged the Kremlin in a follow-up tweet. “Do you agree to this fight?” he asked in Russian.
Musk has tweeted about the war in Ukraine on a few occasions. A video shared on March 5th showed him speaking directly with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The same day, he tweeted: “Hold strong Ukraine.” He added: “And also my sympathies to the great people of Russia, who do not want this.”
Following Russia’s invasion on February 24, Musk gave Ukraine access to SpaceX’s satellite-internet system Starlink, which is a system of some 2,000 satellites designed to bring web access to underserved areas of the world.
Zelensky thanked Musk for that support, tweeting: “I’m grateful to him for supporting Ukraine with words and deeds.”
Whilst Musk has condemned the invasion of Ukraine, he also previously said his space-based internet company Starlink won’t censor Russian media.
“Starlink has been told by some governments (not Ukraine) to block Russian news sources,” Musk tweeted on March 5th. “We will not do so unless at gunpoint. Sorry to be a free speech absolutist.”
ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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