Elon Musk challenges Vladimir Putin to a fight, with Ukraine as the prize

the billionaire Elon Musk challenged this Monday the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, to a hand-to-hand “combat”. The throphy? Nothing less than Ukraine, the scene of an offensive by the Russian army for almost three weeks.

“I hereby challenge Vladimir Putin to (hand-to-hand) combat. The prize is Ukraine,” the founder of the SpaceX space company wrote on Twitter, without specifying the form this duel would take.

“Do you accept this fight?” Musk asked in another Russian-language message, addressing the Kremlin’s official English-language Twitter account directly. And faced with the incomprehension of one of his more than 77 million followers, he assured that he was “completely serious.”

There was no immediate response from the Russian government.

The South African-born billionaire previously voiced his support for Kiev, tweeting “Ukraine, hold on” in early March, while also greeting “the great people of Russia, who do not want” war.

He also responded to a request for help from a Ukrainian official by activating satellite Internet service. star link in Ukraine and sending teams to that country to help bring connectivity to areas affected by Russian military strikes.

Musk is used to the controversy on Twitter.

In February, he accused the US stock market regulator, which imposed various sanctions on him, of seeking to muzzle his freedom of expression, and compared the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeauwith Adolfo Hitler in a message of support for opponents of the health restrictions imposed by the government. He later deleted that post.

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