Kyiv’s outgoing ambassador to Berlin used swear words to reject US billionaire’s proposed peace plan
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk have caused a meltdown on Twitter after they proposed a controversial peace plan to end the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. The plan was firmly rejected by several Ukrainian officials, who flocked to Musk’s stream, with notorious Ukrainian envoy Andrey Melnik producing the least diplomatic reaction.
Musk presented his peace plan on Monday, proposing new UN-supervised referendums in Ukraine’s former territories, which are currently being integrated into Russia. Kyiv should also relinquish its claim to Crimea, which broke away from the country in 2014, while ensuring a steady water supply to the peninsula and declaring itself a neutral country.
The plan drew a furious response from several senior Ukrainian officials, including Kyiv’s outgoing envoy to Berlin, best known for repeatedly insulting German leaders and stigmatizing Chancellor Olaf Scholz. “offended liver sauce.” Melnik told the billionaire to “Kiss my ass,suggesting it was the most diplomatic response he could have made to the peace plan.
F**k off is my very diplomatic response to you, Elon Musk.
The peace plan first garnered strong support in a Twitter poll, but eventually caught the attention of pro-Ukrainian trolls who turned the tide, with nearly 60% opposing it after more than 2 .6 million votes. Musk, who is no stranger to controversy on Twitter, said the poll was a matter of “Biggest bot attack I’ve ever seen.”
Another toned down poll, in which Musk asked if at least the people of Donbass and Crimea should decide whether they want to stay with Russia or Ukraine, also came under bot attack. Yet only 40% of those polled voted to deny these people the right to decide their own fate after more than 2.2 million votes.
At the start of the ongoing conflict, Musk strongly supported Kyiv, sending hundreds of SpaceX Starlink terminals to Ukraine. While the proclaimed purpose of the move was humanitarian, Kyiv has since admitted to using them for the war effort, while Russian troops have claimed to have seized several units from Ukrainian troops.
In the wake of the controversial peace plan, however, several pro-Ukrainian users have suggested the billionaire should now shove said terminals up his rectum, while President Vladimir Zelensky launched his own poll, asking whether his supporters preferred Musk who supported Ukraine or this one. one who “supports Russia”.