Billionaire Elon Musk is well-known for his humour, as well as his social media presence and tweets. He made the headlines yet again with his tweet, where he challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin to a one-on-one battle, and the stakes are freedom of Ukraine.
The Tweet was in Putin’s native Russian, which roughly translated to “I hereby challenge (Vladimir Putin) to single combat.“
“Stakes are (Ukraine)“
In a follow-up tweet, Elon Musk tagged the Russian presidency’s official Twitter account and asked, “Do you agree to this fight?”
There were thousands of replies on the tweet, where some people expressed how Musk is a real-life Tony Stark, while others suggested Elon is ‘high’.
The tweet referred to the brutal Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin declared war on Ukraine on 24th February and it has been a massacre for both sides since. Representatives from both countries are to meet on Monday for the 4th time to continue talks.
Elon Musk’s Stand for Ukraine
Apparently, Musk is trained in Kyokushin Karate, Taekwondo, Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when he was a child. This can be one of the reasons why Musk ventured to challenge the former KGB agent.
Multiple countries around the world have put up sanctions on Russia to force it into putting an end to the war. However, in reaction to US sanctions, Dmitry Rogozin, the president of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, stated earlier this month that Russia would no longer deliver rocket engines to the US. He said “Let them fly on something else, their broomsticks. I don’t know what.“
Musk has previously offered Ukraine more tangible assistance, with the use of his Starlink internet system to prevent Russian cyberattacks on the Ukrainian network. SpaceX’s launch director responded to Rogozin’s statement as the company launched Starlink satellites on Wednesday: “Time to let the American broomstick fly and hear the sounds of freedom.“