Ukraine criticized the idea of concession territory in exchange for peace with Russia proposed by billionaire Elon Musk, with sarcasm it was “a simple miracle solution”.
“Mr Elon Musk likes so-called magic simple solutions,” Mykhailo Podolyak, a senior adviser to the President of Ukraine, wrote on Twitter on December 4, referring to billionaire Musk’s proposal that Ukraine accepts giving up. Crimea in exchange for peace.
Mr. Podolyak said the proposal meant “giving territory to foreign countries in return for an illusory peace”.
In October, the founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX suggested Ukraine should recognize the Crimean peninsula as part of Russia like the period from 1783 until former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev decided to donate the Crimean peninsula to Russia. peninsula to Ukraine in 1954.
He also suggested that Ukraine should commit to maintaining its neutrality, something Moscow offered long before launching military operations in the neighboring country in February.
However, those suggestions were immediately met with criticism from Ukraine. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba then commented on Twitter: “Those who suggest Ukraine give up its people, give up its territory should not use the word peace.”
The relationship between Ukraine and the world’s richest man has been complicated since the Russia-Ukraine conflict broke out on February 24.
In the early days of the conflict, Ukraine praised the African-American billionaire for providing them with thousands of Starlink satellite internet devices for free. However, this relationship began to fracture in October when Mr. Musk expressed support for peace conditions that Ukraine did not want.
Then, Mr. Musk also publicly complained about the cost burden of supplying Starlink equipment to Ukraine. Ukraine only had to pay a fee for just over 10,000 of the 25,300 devices Musk’s company provided, he said. Kiev confirmed that SpaceX gave them a free portion of internet equipment, but did not specify a specific number.
On October 15, billionaire Musk “changed his voice” again, announcing that he would continue to provide free Starlink internet to Ukraine.