Elon Musk’s tweets on Russian invasion of Ukraine spark social media scandal

4 October, 12:02 PM
Elon Musk (Photo:REUTERS/Mike Blake)

Elon Musk (Photo:REUTERS/Mike Blake)

U.S. tech oligarch and Tesla and SpaceX owner Elon Musk on Oct. 3 published a series of tweets offering his view on the “most likely” end of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine – sparking wide condemnation from pro-Ukrainian voices on the social network.

“Ukraine-Russia Peace: Redo elections of annexed regions under UN supervision. Russia leaves if that is will of the people; Crimea formally part of Russia, as it has been since 1783 (until Khrushchev’s mistake); Water supply to Crimea assured; Ukraine remains neutral,” he tweeted, attaching a poll to the message. 47% of respondents voted in favor of his proposal.

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Ukrainians and those who support the country were outraged by Musk’s proposals, likening them to Russian interpretations of the much-criticized “Minsk Agreements” that were meant to serve as a peace plan to end the eight year-long conflict.

In another tweet, Musk said that he considered nuclear war to be an unlikely outcome from this conflict.

Later on, he offered another poll: “Let’s try this then: the will of the people who live in the Donbas and Crimea should decide whether they’re part of Russia or Ukraine.”

Ukrainian presidential advisor Mykhailo Podolyak, in his response to Musk, suggested a different end to the war.

“1. Ukraine liberates its territories. Including the annexed Crimea. 2. Russia undergoes demilitarization and mandatory denuclearization so it can no longer threaten others. 3. War criminals go through international tribunal,” Podolyak tweeted.

Paul Massaro, a senior U.S. congressional advisor, also offered his version of a peace plan in response to Musk’s tweets.

“Ukraine liberates all its sovereign territory; Russia decolonizes, demilitarizes, and denuclearizes,” he tweeted.

Even President Volodymyr Zelenskyy himself reacted to the oligarch’s proposals, tweeting from his official account a poll that allowed users to choose which Elon Musk they liked more: one who supports Ukraine or one who supports Russia.

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