Tesla CEO pushed back on criticism of his peace plan for the Ukraine conflict, saying he’s not a fan of WWIII
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has doubled down on his peace plan for the ongoing conflict between kyiv and Moscow, amid criticism from Ukrainian media. His idea was to prevent World War III, the billionaire insisted in a Twitter post on Thursday.
“I’m a big fan of Ukraine, but not of World War III” wrote the tycoon when Ukrainian newspaper Kyiv Post urged him to “Stopped” and “Admit you overdid it” something, referring to his peace proposal. Earlier this week, Musk suggested a way out of the seven-month dispute between the two neighbors.
Moscow should “redo the elections of the annexed regions under the supervision of the UN” while kyiv would pledge neutrality and drop its claim to Crimea, which voted overwhelmingly to join Russia in 2014, the Tesla CEO has suggested.
Musk’s proposal has angered Ukrainians and some Western officials. Kyiv’s outgoing ambassador to Berlin, Andrey Melnik, went so far as to tell the American billionaire to “Kiss my ass” while President Vladimir Zelensky asked his Twitter followers if they liked Elon Musk more when he supported Ukraine or supported Russia.
I’m a big fan of Ukraine, but not WW3
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 6, 2022
On Thursday, Musk also tussled with South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who had called him out. “understanding the facts of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.” Musk responded by saying that while most of Ukraine still wants to be part of Ukraine, “some eastern parts have Russian majorities and prefer Russia.”
The billionaire also fell out with former Russian chess champion and anti-Kremlin activist Garry Kasparov, who accused him of spreading “Kremlin propaganda.” Musk fired back, claiming his company SpaceX donated $80 million worth of Starlink terminals to Ukraine, and questioning what Kasparov himself had done for Ukraine other than tweeting .
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Musk sent hundreds of Starlink terminals to Ukraine early in the conflict. While the stated purpose of the delivery was humanitarian, kyiv has since admitted to using them for war purposes, while Russian troops have claimed to have seized several units from Ukrainian troops.