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Elon Musk Has Challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin to ‘Single Combat’ for Ukraine



Amidst the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, has challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin to "single combat."


Tesla billionaire Elon Musk shared his proposition in a tweet.


“I hereby challenge [Vladimir Putin] to single combat,” said Musk, who wrote the ruler’s name in Russian. “Stakes are [Ukraine],” he added, with Ukraine written in Ukrainian.

“[Do you agree to this fight?]” he wrote in a follow-up tweet directed at the official Kremlin Twitter.



The series of tweets followed a bizarre meme in which Musk joked about Netflix producing a movie about "a black ukrainian guy falling in love with a transgender Russian soldier."


During the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Musk gave Ukraine access to his SpaceX satellite-based internet system Starlink. As many Ukrainians faced disruptions to their internet access, Ukraine's vice premier Mykhailo Fedorov personally asked for Musk's support. Musk has supported the country's efforts to defend itself against the military invasion.