Billionaire Elon Musk has continued to stir up controversy on Twitter, this time challenging the Russian president to a duel over Ukraine.
On Monday, Musk challenged President Vladimir Putin to engage him in a “man-to-man fight” over Ukraine, which has been witness to a Russian military operation for nearly three weeks.
“I challenge Vladimir Putin to make a man-to-man fight for Ukraine,” the SpiceX founder, known for his eccentricities, wrote on Twitter, without specifying what form this duel would take.
“Do you accept this fight?” he asked in another message in Russian, addressing the Kremlin’s official Twitter account, according to Agence France-Presse.
In response to a comment from a user who did not understand this call, Elon Musk confirmed that he was “absolutely serious” about what he said.
Activation of “Starlink” in Ukraine
The South African-born billionaire supported Kiev after the launch of the Russian military operation in Ukraine, tweeting earlier this month, “Wait, Ukraine,” at the same time, sending a message of “friendship to the great Russian people I don’t want to ” war.
It also responded to a request for help from a Ukrainian official by activating “Starlink” satellite Internet service in Ukraine and sending teams there to help provide Internet service in areas that have been targeted by Russian military attacks.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked US billionaire Elon Musk for supporting Ukraine with “Starlink” satellite internet service earlier this month.
“Next week we will receive a package of Starlink systems for destroyed cities,” Zelensky said on Twitter, expressing thanks to Musk for “supporting Ukraine with words and deeds.”
“Starlink services are currently operating in Ukraine. More stations are on the way,” Musk wrote on his Twitter account.
Musk refuses to ban Russian news
On the other hand, Elon Musk, owner of SpaceX, revealed that some governments, not Ukraine, have asked to block Russian news sources from its satellite Internet service (Starlink).
“We will only do this at gunpoint, sorry for being an absolute free speech tool,” Musk tweeted on March 5.
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Starlink operates a constellation of more than 2,000 satellites with the goal of bringing the Internet to the entire world, especially in remote and poor regions.
On Friday, the company launched an additional 50 satellites, with many more satellites expected to be sent in post-Earth orbit periods.
Starlink is the company’s capital-intensive project to build an interconnected Internet network with thousands of satellites, known in the space industry as Constellation, designed to bring high-speed Internet to consumers anywhere on the planet.
And SpaceX first launched the service with a beta program for select consumers for $99 a month.
Musk has previously said that Starlink would be a major source of funding for some of his other plans.
The American billionaire used to stir up controversy on Twitter, where his account has more than 77 million followers.
In February, Musk accused the stock market watchdog, which had sanctioned him in previous years, of seeking to silence his freedom of expression.
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