Ukrainian officials on Monday slammed Tesla chief Elon Musk for proposing a “peace” plan that they view as pro-Russia, NPR reports.
Musk on Twitter outlined his views for a “Ukraine-Russia peace” plan. Musk called to redo the sham referendums held by Russia in regions it annexed from Ukraine “under UN supervision” and allow Russia to keep the land if voters support it.
He said that Crimea, which Russia illegally annexed in 2014, should be “formally part of Russia, as it has been since 1783.”
He also called for Ukraine to assure water supply to Crimea and for the country to remain neutral.
Musk held a Twitter poll on his plan but the majority of respondents said they opposed. Musk blamed the results on a “bot attack.”
“F— off is my very diplomatic reply to you,” Ukraine’s Ambassador to Germany Andrij Melnyk wrote in response to Musk’s tweet.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky responded by hosting a poll of his own.
“Which @elonmusk do you like more?” the tweet said, offering the options “One who supports Ukraine” and “One who supports Russia.”
"I still very much support Ukraine,” Musk replied, “but am convinced that massive escalation of the war will cause great harm to Ukraine and possibly the world."
The Kremlin praised Musk but rejected his proposal to redo the referendums.
"It's very positive that such a person as Elon Musk is trying to look for a peaceful settlement," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday. But, "as for the referendums, people have voiced their opinion and there could be nothing else."
Russia critics slammed Musk for pushing pro-Russia talking points.
"This is moral idiocy, repetition of Kremlin propaganda, a betrayal of Ukrainian courage and sacrifice, and puts a few minutes browsing Crimea on Wikipedia over the current horrific reality of Putin's bloody war," wrote anti-Putin activist Garry Kasparov.