Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday criticised US billionaire Elon Musk’s proposal to finish Russia’s offensive in Ukraine and invited him to go to his war-scarred nation.
In October, Musk sparked controversy on Twitter by proposing a peace deal involving re-running below UN supervision referendums in Moscow-occupied Ukrainian areas, acknowledging Russian sovereignty over the Crimean peninsula and giving Ukraine a impartial standing.
At an occasion organised by The New York Times, Zelensky on Wednesday appeared to mock the maverick billionaire’s proposal, saying he ought to come to Ukraine.
“I think that either someone has influence over him, or he somehow draws conclusions on his own,” Zelensky stated by video hyperlink on the New York Times’ DealBook Summit, referring to Musk.
“If you want to understand what Russia has done here — come to Ukraine and you will see it all for yourself.
“And then you’ll inform me find out how to finish this struggle, who began it and when it may be ended.”
In October, the Tesla and SpaceX founder created a poll to let his more than 100 million followers vote on the idea.
Zelensky has responded with a Twitter poll of his own, asking: “Which @elonmusk do you want extra?” with the options “One who helps Ukraine” and “One who helps Russia”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine on February 24 in order to “de-Nazify” the pro-Western country.
He has called on Ukraine to cease hostilities and negotiate after ordering a partial mobilisation to bolster his forces and threatening to use nuclear weapons.
Zelensky has said he will never negotiate with Russia as long as Putin remained its leader.
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