Elon Musk waded into the conflict between Ukraine and Russia on Monday with a “peace” proposal that would amount to a victory for Vladimir Putin, and the backlash was brutal.
Ukraine continues to take back territory as Russian forces collapse along the front. Despite Putin’s attempt to annex four provinces, Ukraine is poised to regain them and is coming within striking distance of Crimea, which Russia stole from Ukraine in 2014.
Putin is already panicking, which is why he is forcing hundreds of thousands of Russian men to join the military and go to the front lines with little or no training. He is even threatening to use nuclear weapons to get his way, an action that would draw an immediate and devastating response from NATO.
Never one to not put his nose where it doesn’t belong, Elon Musk thinks he has solved the whole problem by giving Putin what he wants. Musk posted his plan on Twitter along with a poll. Needless to say, a majority rejected his plan.
– 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.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 3, 2022
Russia is doing partial mobilization. They go to full war mobilization if Crimea is at risk. Death on both sides will be devastating.
Russia has >3 times population of Ukraine, so victory for Ukraine is unlikely in total war. If you care about the people of Ukraine, seek peace.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 3, 2022
It should be pointed out that the Russian military is in tatters as they flee the region ahead of the quickly advancing and better-equipped Ukrainian army. It’s true that Putin could call up more men, but they have zero training and few supplies. They would be fish in a barrel. Musk is also clearly pushing Russian propaganda and his opinion and plan were trashed on Twitter, including by Ukrainian officials such as the Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany and even Ukrainian President Zelenskyy.
Fuck off is my very diplomatic reply to you @elonmusk
— Andrij Melnyk (@MelnykAndrij) October 3, 2022
Which @elonmusk do you like more?
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) October 3, 2022
This idea reminds me of fourth grade social studies where we came up with a peace plan between USSR and USA. We thought that if Gorbachev and Reagan were forced to eat one dinner of American food and 1 of Russian, they would become friends. For reals.
— Adam Kinzinger🇺🇦🇺🇸✌️ (@AdamKinzinger) October 3, 2022
Elon, man. Seems like you have missed a lot history lessons while concentrating on space and e-cars. Your proposals sound much like putin’s. Hope you did not mean it that way.
— Serhiy Prytula (@serhiyprytula) October 3, 2022
It’s not just about territory, Elon! It’s about people! It’s about genocide of Ukrainian language, culture! What is peace for you is a destroyed, cripple life for them.
It’s about allowing a new Hitler to have his way!
Can’t believe you wrote that!
— olexander scherba🇺🇦 (@olex_scherba) October 3, 2022
Even the best of us can fall victims to misinformation. @elonmusk, how about I give you an exclusive briefing on true history of Crimea and 🇺🇦? We can discuss how Ukraine and Crimean Tatars fought together against the Russians long before 1783 and why we like Starlinks today.
— Oksana Markarova (@OMarkarova) October 3, 2022
I propose that Tesla belongs to Ford from now on. After all, cars once belonged mainly to Ford. And the space part of @elonmusk company will be decided in a referendum under the supervision of the United Nations.
— Cezary Tomczyk (@CTomczyk) October 3, 2022
I am from Kherson oblast, about 70% of the people from my home town Kakhovka had to flee due to repressions, torture, etc. So do fuck off with your ignorant musings, Elon.
— 🇺🇦Olia Hercules🇺🇦 (@Olia_Hercules) October 3, 2022
Elon Musk may be a billionaire, but he’s not a military tactician, nor is he is government official. He should stick to making cars and committing securities fraud.
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