President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine on Wednesday invited Elon Musk to go to Ukraine to see the harm carried out to the nation by Russian forces, saying that such a go to may assist the billionaire perceive the scenario earlier than making pronouncements about it. He additionally stated he didn’t suppose there was any quick menace that Russian President Vladimir Putin would use nuclear weapons because the war enters a new phase of winter fight.

Zelenskyy’s feedback, made by way of video hyperlink to The New York Occasions’ DealBook Summit, had been an implicit rebuke of Musk, the entrepreneur who final month proposed a peace plan for Ukraine that included ceding territory to Russia.


If you wish to perceive what Russia has carried out right here, come to Ukraine and you will note this with your individual eyes,” Zelenskyy stated. “After that, you'll inform us the right way to finish this struggle, who began and after we can finish it.”

SpaceX, which Musk owns, funds the operation of the Starlink web service in Ukraine, the place it has turn out to be a digital lifeline for troopers and civilians amid Russian assaults on the nation’s power infrastructure.

Musk backed off a menace in October to withdraw funding for the service in Ukraine. “The hell with it,” he wrote on Twitter. He added that “although Starlink remains to be shedding cash” and “different corporations are getting billions” in tax {dollars}, “we’ll simply hold funding” the Ukrainian service.

Musk’s wealth has given him a outstanding voice in geopolitics, and the Kremlin welcomed his proposal. Zelenskyy posted a Twitter ballot asking, “Which Elon Musk do you want extra: one who helps Ukraine, or one who helps Russia?” Musk later stated in a tweet that he supported Ukraine.

Throughout the interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin of the Occasions, the video hyperlink lower out, and when it resumed, Sorkin joked that Musk might need someway lower the connection.

“I hear you,” Zelenskyy stated. “Most vital is that Mr. Musk will hear us.”

Zelenskyy stated the chance that Putin would use nuclear weapons was not his greatest worry, and that it shouldn’t be the largest worry of the West.

“I don’t suppose he'll use nuclear weapons,” Zelenskyy stated. “That is my opinion.”

As an alternative, Western democracies needs to be most involved about Putin’s expansionist navy ambitions, he stated. If his navy succeeds in conquering elements of Ukraine, he stated, different neighboring democracies may very well be subsequent.


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