War between Ukraine and Russiacase
In yet another tweet, the multi-billionaire gave his recommendations for Ukraine and Russia to make peace. Response from one of the Ukrainian representatives: “Fuck you”.
We knew him as a businessman with sharp teeth. Troll with sharp punchlines. Now he is an expert in diplomacy. He had not necessarily been asked, but this Monday, Elon Musk gave his opinion on the war in Ukraine as well as his recommendations for ending it. And as much to say that they did not necessarily delight Ukrainian officials.
The multi-billionaire’s highly informed thinking – shared in a tweet – boils down to four points: hold UN-supervised elections in annexed areas to decide whether or not Russia should stay, hand over Crimea to Russia, ensure that its water supply is assured and finally make Ukraine a neutral territory. In a democratic spirit, the CEO of Tesla let the voice of his 107 million subscribers express his ideas through a survey: “Yes” Where “No”. Small backlash quite unprecedented in the results since the leader of SpaceX usually adored was disavowed by more than 60% of them.
Not too much suspense on what Andriï Melnyk voted. “My very diplomatic response is to fuck you”, replied without waiting the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany. Further in the debate, the adviser to the presidency Mykhaïlo Podoliak proposed “a better peace plan” with the “liberation of its territories by Ukraine, including the annexed Crimea”a “demilitarization and denuclearization” of Russia and that “war criminals” be brought before international justice.
The virtual game takes place in a tense context since Vladimir Putin has decreed a mobilization “partial” and threatened to resort to nuclear weapons in the face of recent Ukrainian military successes, calling on Kyiv to “cease hostilities” and to “return to the negotiating table”. A request declined by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky who assured not to negotiate with Moscow as long as the current Russian president is in power.
Poll against poll, Volodymyr Zelensky still took the time to provide his answer to the businessman. “Which Elon Musk do you prefer, the one who supports Ukraine or the one who supports Russia?” he also posted on his Twitter account, winning 80% of responses in favor of Ukraine in passing. Confused, the businessman of South African origin defended himself in commentary. Assuring to be “always very favorable to Ukraine”he specified to be “convinced that a massive escalation of the war will cause great damage to Ukraine and perhaps the whole world”.
In another tweet, he also feared that Russia could choose to lead a broader mobilization of its population for a “total war” which will lead to “a devastating death toll on both sides”. “A Ukrainian victory is unlikely in an all-out war. If you care about the Ukrainian people, seek peace”, he wrote. In any case, the billionaire’s opinion did not dazzle Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko. Taunting against his “political ignorance”she intimates him: “Just Starlink.” At the start of the war, Elon Musk had indeed been hailed by the Ukrainians for having opened his satellite Internet service in the territory in order to support the war effort.