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Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk on Monday challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin to a duel for Ukraine in a message via Twitter.
“I hereby challenge Vladimir Putin to single combat. Stakes are Ukraine,” Musk said in a brief message in which he interspersed Cyrillic script.
“Do you agree to this fight?” the tycoon continued in another tweet, in which he tagged the Kremlin’s official account.
Musk’s message prompted an almost immediate response from the head of Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, who has already confronted the South African-American entrepreneur on social networks on other occasions.
“You, little devil, are still young,” said Dmitry Rogozin, at the helm of Roscosmos since 2018, who described Musk as a “weakling.”
Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, also took part in the cyberfight with a tweet in which he said he was “sure that Musk can send Putin to Jupiter.”
Fedorov has for weeks been organizing a fundraiser to “send Putin to Jupiter,” money he says will be used to repair damaged infrastructure in Ukraine.
Since the start of the war in Ukraine, Musk has been sending terminals from his SpaceX Starlink satellite-connected service to try to alleviate internet service disruptions in Ukraine caused by the bombings.