Billionaire Elon Musk challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to a “man-to-man fight” over Ukraine, which has been under attack by the Russian army for nearly three weeks.
“I challenge Vladimir Putin to fight a man-to-man with me over Ukraine,” the SpaceX founder wrote on Twitter.
“Do you accept this fight?” he asked in another message in Russian, addressing the Kremlin’s official Twitter account.
In response to a user comment who did not understand this call, Elon Musk confirmed that he was “absolutely serious” about what he was saying.
The South African-born billionaire supported Kyiv shortly after the launch of the Russian military operation, and tweeted earlier this month, “Hold on, Ukraine,” at the same time, sending a message of “friendship to the great Russian people who do not want” war.
Also, he responded to a request for help from a Ukrainian official by activating the satellite Internet service “Starlink” in Ukraine, and sending equipment there to help provide Internet service to areas that were subjected to Russian military attacks.
The billionaire used to stir controversy on Twitter, where his account has more than 77 million followers.
In February, Musk accused the stock exchange supervisory authority, which has imposed sanctions on him in previous years, of seeking to silence his freedom of expression.Elon Musk Challenges Putin.