Elon Musk challenges Vladimir Putin to single combat on Twitter: 'Stakes are Ukraine'March 15, 2022
Global leaders around the world have condemned Russia's President Vladimir Putin over his decision to invade Ukraine, but Elon Musk is taking it one step further in challenging the Russian leader to a one-on-one fight.
"I hereby challenge Vladimir Putin to single combat. Stakes are Ukraine," Musk tweeted Monday morning, with Putin's name and Ukraine written in Cyrillic script.
In a follow-up tweet, Musk then tagged Putin's official Twitter account and wrote in Russian, "Do you agree to this fight?"
Not everyone was on board with Musk's comments.
I hereby challenge
to single combat
Stakes are Україна
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 14, 2022
Dmitry Rogozin, director general of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, responded by calling Musk a "weakling" and "little devil."
"You, little devil, are still young, Compete with me weakling; It would only be a waste of time. Overtake my brother first," Rogozin wrote. He also included the name of the 1800s Russian poem "The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda," which is about a lazy priest who hires a cheap worker before the worker drives him insane.
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Some Ukrainian leaders praised Musk's tweet, including Vitali Klitschko, mayor of Ukraine capital Kyiv and Hall of Fame boxer, who previously vowed to fight "the bloody war" against Russia.
"I am sure that Elon Musk can send Putin to Jupiter," Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov wrote before sharing a link to a website taking donations to "Send Putin to Jupiter."
I am sure that @elonmusk can send Putin to Jupiter. https://t.co/bXxy7yaQxJ
— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) March 14, 2022
Musk's comments come after his satellite internet company, Starlink, arrived in Ukraine in early March. Starlink leverages satellites to beam broadband internet access which is now active in Ukraine.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Musk on Twitter for his decision on March 5, adding he spoke with him and more Starlink systems would be sent over as people flee the country.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Elon Musk challenges Vladimir Putin to fight over Ukraine
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