Elon Musk challenged Putin to single combat over Ukraine

Elon Musk challenged Putin to single combat over Ukraine
Elon Musk.Patrick Pleul/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
  • Elon Musk issued an absurd challenge to Vladimir Putin over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
  • He tweeted that he was challenging Putin to "single combat," adding, "Stakes are Ukraine."

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk bizarrely said in a tweet on Monday that he was challenging Russian President Vladimir Putin to single combat over Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Musk tweeted: "I hereby challenge Vladimir Putin to single combat. Stakes are Ukraine." He wrote some of the words in Cyrillic script and the rest in English.

In a follow-up tweet, he tagged the official Twitter account for the Russian presidency and wrote in Russian: "Do you agree to this fight?"

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He did not offer any details about how this would actually happen.

Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. Representatives of the two countries are due to meet on Monday for the fourth time to continue talks.


Musk sent Starlink systems to Ukraine shortly after the invasion to provide internet access.

SpaceX also recently took a jab at Russia.

Dmitry Rogozin, the head of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, said earlier this month that Russia would no longer send rocket engines to the US in response to sanctions. "Let them fly on something else, their broomsticks. I don't know what," he said.

On Wednesday, as SpaceX launched Starlink satellites, the company's launch director said, "Time to let the American broomstick fly and hear the sounds of freedom."