Elon Musk’s peace plan for Ukraine is condemned by Zelensky : NPR


Tesla CEO Elon Musk has proposed a peace plan for Ukraine that would involve holding repeated votes under UN auspices in Russian-occupied regions.

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Elon Musk's peace plan for Ukraine is condemned by Zelensky : NPR

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has proposed a peace plan for Ukraine that would involve holding repeated votes under UN auspices in Russian-occupied regions.

Patrick Pleul/Pool via AP, File

Elon Musk argued on Twitter with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy after the tech billionaire launched a controversial proposal to end the Russian invasion.

Tesla CEO, soon to face a court battle over his attempt to drop a $44 billion bid to buy Twitter, has argued in a tweet On Monday, to achieve peace, Russia should be allowed to retain the Crimean peninsula it seized in 2014. He also said Ukraine should adopt a neutral status, dropping its NATO bid following partial mobilization of reservists by Russia.

Musk also crossed red lines for Ukraine and his supporters by suggesting that four regions that Russia is set to annex following Kremlin-orchestrated “referendums” denounced by the West as a sham should hold repeated votes organized by the United Nations.

Musk noted that Crimea was part of Russia until it was given to Ukraine under the Soviet Union in the 1950s and said an endless war is unlikely to end in a Ukrainian victory resounding.

Zelenskyy considers Musk’s pro-Russia plan

These positions are anathema to Zelenskyy, who considers them pro-Kremlin. The Ukrainian leader has pledged to recover all the land won during the war and considers Crimea to belong to Ukraine as well.

Musk also launched a Twitter poll asking whether “the will of the people” should decide whether the seized regions remain part of Ukraine or Russia.

In a sarcastic response, Zelenskyy posted his own poll on Twitter asking “which Elon Musk do you like more?”: ‘The one who supports Ukraine’ or ‘The one who supports Russia’.

Musk replied to Zelenskyy that “I am still very supportive of Ukraine, but I am convinced that a massive escalation of war will cause great harm to Ukraine and possibly the world.”

Andrij Melnyk, the outgoing Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, responded to Musk’s original tweet with an obscenity.

“Russia is going to partial mobilization. They are going to full mobilization for war if Crimea is in danger. Death on both sides will be devastating,” Musk wrote in another tweet. “Russia has (more than) 3 times the population of Ukraine, so victory for Ukraine is unlikely in an all-out war. If you care about the Ukrainian people, seek peace.”

The Kremlin welcomes Musk’s proposal

The Kremlin itself stepped in, praising Musk for his proposal but warning that Russia will not reverse its decision to absorb Ukrainian regions.

β€œIt is very positive that a person like Elon Musk is trying to seek a peaceful settlement,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday. But, “as far as referendums are concerned, people have expressed their opinion and there could be nothing else”.

Both Ukraine and the West said the hastily organized votes in four occupied regions were clearly rigged to serve Putin’s goal of trying to cement his hold on Ukrainian ground.

Musk’s ideas appeared to receive little support on Twitter, including from Russian chess great and anti-Putin political activist Garry Kasparov, who criticized the plan.

“It’s moral idiocy, a repeat of Kremlin propaganda, a betrayal of Ukrainian courage and sacrifice, and it takes minutes to wade through Crimea on Wikipedia about the current horrible reality of Putin’s bloody war,” Kasparov tweeted.

During the first weeks of the invasion in early March, Musk came to Ukraine’s aid when his company SpaceX shared its Starlink satellite system that helps bring internet access to uncovered areas. At the time, Zelenskyy thanked Musk for the equipment he said would help maintain communications in cities under attack.

However, in April, Musk said that as a “free speech absolutist,” Starlink would not block Russian state media that spread propaganda and disinformation about the war in Ukraine.




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