Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnik responded to Elon Musk who published his proposals for peace between Ukraine and Russia that are detrimental to Ukraine and a poll asking Twitter users if they agree with him.
Recall that Musk wrote that referendums in the annexed regions should be repeated under the supervision of the UN, that Crimea should formally be part of Russia and that Crimea should be supplied with water and that Ukraine should remain neutral.
Ukrainian Ambassador Melnik responded to Moscow's announcement on Twitter: "Fu*k off is my very diplomatic reply to you" He also added: "The only outcome is (sic) that now not a single Ukrainian will EVER buy your fu*king crap from Tesla."
Good luck." US Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger joined in ridiculing Musk. "This idea reminds me of the class in fourth grade where we came up with a peace plan between the USSR and the USA. We thought that if Gorbachev and Reagan were forced to eat one dinner of American food and one of Russian food, they would become friends.
Really," he wrote. republican. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy responded with a Twitter poll of his own.
“Which Elon Musk do you like more?
“Which Elon Musk do you like more?” Zelenskyy asked, giving two options for an answer: “One who supports Ukraine” or “One who supports Russia”.
The sharp responses from Ukraine were all the more notable because Musk has earned quasi-folk-hero status in Ukraine since the start of the conflict. Musk’s Starlink satellite communication system has allowed Ukrainians and the Ukrainian military to bypass internet outages that have plagued the country.
Yet the remarks from Musk are not entirely out of character for the political iconoclast and world’s richest man. While the business interests of Tesla have traditionally aligned with the American political left, Musk has of late cultivated an antagonistic relationship with major Democratic political figures including President Joe Biden, whose administration has boosted Ukraine through weapons packages and sanctions on Moscow.