President Zelensky responds to Elon Musk’s Ukraine plan

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The Telsa CEO has gotten a response from Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and has been told to “f**k off” by a Ukrainian ambassador after his recent tweets. Mr Musk asked his followers to vote on his suggestion that the United Nations supervise an election in the four Ukraine regions that Vladimir Putin annexed last week. 

The referendums, which took place in Ukraine’s Kherson, Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia regions, have been denounced by Ukraine and Western countries as illegal as the votes happened during Russian military occupation in those areas.

The tech billionaire wrote on Twitter: “Russia leaves if that is will of the people.” 

In a tweet, Mr Musk also suggested that Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014 be formally given to Russia and guaranteed a water supply and asked his followers to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the plan.

Mr Musk then followed up his tweets with a new poll and asked Twitter users to vote in a yes or no survey and said: “Let’s try this then: the will of the people who live in the Donbas & Crimea should decide whether they’re part of Russia or Ukraine.”

Mr Musk’s series of tweets has led to Ukrainian politicians to respond, and President Zelensky created his own Twitter survey in response.

“Which @elonmusk do you like more?” the Ukrainian President wrote and offered the two voting options: “one that supports Ukraine, or one that supports Russia”.

The Telsa CEO responded to President Zelensky underneath the survey tweet, and said: “I still very much support Ukraine, but am convinced that massive escalation of the war will cause great harm to Ukraine and possibly the world.”

Mykhaylo Podolyak, an advisor to President Zelensky, also posted a response to Mr Musk, saying “Will hundred thousand dead in Mariupol vote? Or those who went through concentration camps?

“@elonmusk you create rockets and dream of colonising Mars. Russia creates mobile crematoria and dreams of Ukrainians disappearing as a nation. It is not a “voting” issue.”

The advisor also posted on his Twitter account that he preferred “HIMARS”, an artillery rocket system, over Teslas.

Andriy Melnyk, the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, tweeted a blunt response to Mr Musk, and said: “F**k off is my very diplomatic reply to you @elonmusk.”

Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nausėda also responded, and said: “Dear @elonmusk, when someone tries to steal the wheels of your Tesla, it doesn’t make them legal owner of the car or of the wheels. Even though they claim both voted in favour of it. Just saying.”

Mr Musk has since said on Twitter he does not care if his plan was unpopular, and argued that he cared “that millions of people may die needlessly for an essentially identical outcome”.

He also posted that “Russia has >3 times population of Ukraine, so victory for Ukraine is unlikely in total war. If you care about the people of Ukraine, seek peace.”

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Mr Musk has often faced controversy on Twitter, and faced backlash in the past when he was accused of downplaying the pandemic when he posted in 2020 that “the coronavirus panic is dumb”.

He also has also gotten into a Twitter row with American politician Bernie Sanders after Mr Sanders put out a tweet last year saying: “We must demand that the extremely wealthy pay their fair share. Period.”

“I keep forgetting that you’re still alive,” Mr Musk replied.

However, Mr Musk’s recent tweets are significant for Ukraine as the billionaire was praised for helping Ukraine stay connected to the internet after the country’s connection was disrupted during the war.

The billionaire responded to a tweet from a Ukrainian official asking for help by and said his company Space X’s Starlink service had been made available in Ukraine in order to provide online access.

The communication system has given Ukrainians and the Ukraine military the ability to bypass internet connections that had been shut down or disrupted during the war.

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