Elon Musk Challenges Vladimir Putin to ‘Combat’ — And He’s Serious

Billionaire Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin in a Monday morning tweet as his country’s forces continue their punishing assault on Ukraine.

He posted his challenge of engaging Putin in “single combat” to the Kremlin’s English Twitter account, in part using Russian letters.

“I hereby challenge Vladimir Putin to single combat,” Musk tweeted, using the Russian alphabet to spell Putin’s name.

“Stakes are Ukraine,” he added, writing the country’s name in Ukrainian.

The billionaire entrepreneur’s post was followed by two more posts. In one, he claimed in response to a user’s question that he was “absolutely serious” about his challenge.

In another post directly following up on his original one, Musk added in Russian, “Do you agree to this fight?”

Musk’s challenge comes after he delivered scores of Starlink satellite internet systems to the beleaguered country at the request of government officials.

His response came following a request on Twitter from Mykhailo Fedorov, the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, who tweeted: “@elonmusk, while you try to colonize Mars — Russia try to occupy Ukraine! While your rockets successfully land from space — Russian rockets attack Ukrainian civil people! We ask you to provide Ukraine with Starlink stations and to address sane Russians to stand.”

“Starlink service is now active in Ukraine,” Musk responded. “More terminals en route.”

He followed that delivery up with an “important” usage warning.

“Important warning: Starlink is the only non-Russian communications system still working in some parts of Ukraine, so probability of being targeted is high. Please use with caution,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Turn on Starlink only when needed and place antenna away as far away from people as possible,” he noted further, adding: “Place light camouflage over antenna to avoid visual detection.”

“Received the second shipment of Starlink stations! @elonmusk keeps his word!” Mykhailo Fedorov, the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, tweeted later. “Thank you for supporting Ukraine and peace in the entire world! @OMarkarova thanks!”

“You’re welcome,” Musk responded. “We have also sent power adapters for car cigarette lighters, solar/battery packs and generators for places where electricity is not available.”

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