Twitter Riot Between Elon Musk and Zelensky: No Ukrainian Will Ever Buy Your Teslabrol
Tesla boss Elon Musk has made himself particularly unpopular with Ukrainians with a series of posts on Twitter. In a message, he shared how he believes a peace truce between Russia and Ukraine could be reached, after which he immediately drew criticism from senior Ukrainian officials.
“Organize free elections again in the four annexed Ukrainian provinces, give Crimea back to Russia, ensure water supply to Crimea, Ukraine takes a neutral stance.” With those proposals, SpaceX founder Elon Musk would reach a peace truce between Russia and Ukraine.
In a message on Twitter, he created a poll to see what his followers thought. “This is most likely the war’s outcome after all,” he later wrote. “It will only matter how many people are left to die until then.”
That message was not to the liking of the Ukrainian government, which immediately fulminated against the entrepreneur’s proposals. Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky responded with a sarcastic poll to his followers: “Which Elon Musk is better: one that supports Ukraine or one that supports Russia?”
Andrii Melnyk, the former Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, was sharp for Musk: “F*ck off is my very diplomatic response.”
“The only good outcome is if no Ukrainians buy Teslabrol anymore,” Melnyk concludes. Other senior officials also took offence at Musk’s tweets. Especially the part in which Musk argues that Crimea had been Russian since 1783 and still is today attracted a lot of criticism. Both those who believe that the territories annexed by Russia are now truly Russian and those who believe that Ukraine was already neutral and that Crimea is Ukrainian strongly disagree.
The Kremlin said on Tuesday that it was pleased that Elon Musk wanted to help think about a peace plan. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said during a meeting with journalists that Moscow is always ready to negotiate the “special operation” in Ukraine.
A few months ago, Musk was able to count on much more support from Ukraine after he made his Starlink satellite internet available to the entire country. That technology makes internet access possible in the war zone.