world-renowned political science expert Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk waded into a Twitter discussion about the Ukraine war. Recently, Russia claimed a bunch of land in eastern Ukraine for itself. But this kind of annexation is entirely illegal under international law, and the referenda that were held to decide whether or not those regions would be incorporated into Russia were, well, complete shams. That all came just after Putin announced a “partial mobilization,” which meant calling up reserve soldiers and going into a wartime economy.
According to Musk’s not-so-expert analysis: “They go full war mobilization if Crimea is at risk. Death on both sides will be devastating.” For reference here, Crimea is a former-Ukraine state that was annexed by Russia in 2014. That said, Ukrainian leaders have said they won’t consider the war over until all Ukrainian territory is returned, including Crimea. It isn’t clear whether that’s a legitimate demand or a negotiating tactic.
Trying to help, good-ol’-Musk said peace was the best way to go (which, in fairness, isn’t wrong). He said that the UN should redo the sham votes held in the Donbas region and that the people should decide if they want to be a part of Russia or not. He also posted a poll asking if his followers agreed that the people in the annexed regions should be able to decide which country they’re a part of.
Unsurprisingly, not everyone was happy with Musk butting in. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy posted a poll on his account to troll Musk, asking people if they preferred an Elon Musk that supports Russia or Ukraine. And the country’s top diplomat in Germany didn’t hold back, saying, “no Ukrainian will EVER buy your f…ing tesla crap.” Savage.