Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk on Monday challenged Vladimir Putin to single combat over Ukraine.
“I hereby challenge Vladimir Putin to single combat,” Musk wrote on Twitter, adding: “Stakes are Ukraine.”
“Do you agree to this fight?” he said.
I hereby challenge
to single combat
Stakes are Україна
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 14, 2022
Musk had earlier provided Ukraine with internet connectivity through the company’s Starlink satellites.
The move came in response to a plea by the Ukrainian deputy prime minister to help the country keep access to the internet amid the Russian invasion.
The service operates a constellation of more than 2,000 satellites that aim to provide internet access across the planet.
Web monitoring group NetBlocks has reported a series of significant disruptions to internet service in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began.
“Some Starlink terminals near conflict areas were being jammed for several hours at a time,” Musk said last week.
“SpaceX reprioritized to cyber defense & overcoming signal jamming. Will cause slight delays in Starship & Starlink V2.”
However, Musk had also stated Starlink will not block Russian media outlets “unless at gunpoint.”