The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, launched Tesla’s director, Elon Musk, and his “peace” plan for a war between Russia and Ukraine.
Musk made some controversial suggestions to end the war on Twitter vote on Monday. He proposed that Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, should remain under Russian control with “certain” water supplies, and argued that peace would depend on Ukraine remaining “neutral” towards world affairs.
The tech billionaire also said the recent referenda on the annexation of four regions of Ukraine – which the West rejected as “sham” elections – should be repeated under UN supervision. He argued that Russia should only leave the regions “if it is the will of the people”.
Over 62 percent Musk’s Twitter respondents did not approve of his plan. Andrij Melnyk, Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, tweeted “F ** k off is my very diplomatic answer to you @elonmusk” in response to the survey. The official account of the Ukrainian parliament offered a simple “no” response.
Musk continued to defend his position in subsequent tweets, arguing that the script he proposed was “Highly likely it will eventually be the result” i warning that nuclear war could end if Russia doesn’t get its way. He also shared vote the question of whether the inhabitants of Crimea and the Donbass region should “decide whether they are part of Russia or Ukraine”.
Zelenskiy responded within hours by offering his own Twitter poll regarding Musk. President of Ukraine he asked his followers: “Which @elonmusk do you like more?” next to the elections “He who supports Ukraine” and “He who supports Russia”. More than 1.3 million people took part in the poll on Monday evening, 83 percent of whom chose pro-Ukrainian musk.
The dispute between Zelensky and Piżm takes place after the significant success of the eastern and southern counteroffensive of the Ukrainian army. Ukrainian forces reportedly launched a major att*ck south on Monday and liberated many villages occupied by the Russians.
Over the weekend, Ukraine regained the city of Lyman in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk – one of the four regions of Ukraine that Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed he annexed last Friday.
Musk’s peace plan was badly received by many on Twitter. US Republican Adam Kinzinger of Illinois replied that the proposal reminded him of the plans he and his elementary school classmates came up with to solve the Cold War in the 1980s.
“This idea reminds me of the fourth-grade social studies in which we developed a peace plan between the USSR and the US” Kinzinger tweeted. “We thought that if Gorbachev and Reagan were forced to eat one American and one Russian dinner, they would become friends. Seriously”.
Newsweek contacted Musk, Tesla and the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington for comment.
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