Elon Musk has responded to the huge backlash over his comments about Ukraine by posting a crude dog meme that appears to blame the media for the ongoing furore.

Monday saw a number of hashtags including #ElonMuskIsATraitor trend in Ukraine and around the world, after he mocked President Zelensky and the plight of the country’s people in the face of Russia’s full-scale invasion and the uncertainty around continuing US aid to Kyiv.

Kyiv reacted angrily to the post, with presidential aide Mykhaylo Podolyak, saying: “Any silence or irony towards Ukraine today is a direct encouragement of Russian propaganda that justifies mass violence and destruction.” 

Musk did not address the issue directly but a few hours later posted a meme appearing to suggest the media was to blame for the backlash.


Musk has frequently decried what he describes as “mainstream media” while encouraging and lauding “citizen journalists” who use the “X” platform.

A recent report found “X” has the highest rates of disinformation and fake news of all the large social media platforms.

Musk spent the evening responding to a number of tweets including one from the leader of a far-right British party who complained he wasn’t getting enough reach for his tweets since subscribing to the “X” platform.

Musk also had time to reply to a tweet from US statistician Nate Silver who had commented on the amount of disinformation online about a number of issues such as Ukraine, immigration and coronavirus vaccines.

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It is not clear if Musk – who has posted about all three topics in recent days – was being sarcastic in his response.

What is clear is that Musk ignored all responses from Ukrainians outraged over his recent comments.

Some of the more notable responses include a plea from Mariana Betsa, Ambassador of Ukraine to Estonia:

Maksym Borodin, a former resident of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol which Russian forces reduced to rubble with the loss of tens of thousands of lives:

And Tymofiy Mylovanov, President of the Kyiv School of Economics, who asked him:

Musk’s controversial comments about Ukraine and Russia’s full-scale invasion have become a regular feature in recent weeks. Over the weekend he appeared to conflate the situation on Ukraine’s international border with that of the US. 

In a post on “X”, he asked: “Why do so many American politicians from both parties care 100 times more about the Ukraine border than the USA border?”

At the US border, thousands of largely peaceful migrants are crossing in the hopes of claiming asylum in the US.

At the Ukrainian border, tens of thousands of Russian troops have crossed hoping to illegally annex an entire country in what one Moscow general has described as a “stepping stone” to a wider invasion of Europe.

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As an American, I want Ukrainians to know that most of us support you with the strongest conviction. Although we cannot possibly comprehend the magnitude of your suffering, we sympathize with your anguish and adversity nonetheless.

We despise Elon Musk, and we are ashamed of our ignorant politicians. We applaud your courage, and we condemn the enemy’s cruelty and cowardice. No matter what happens, we will always stand by you.

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1st. and foremost, I willingly support Ukraine and its people. Being 80 I’m physicality unable to join in arms with others in support, but if I could, then I would.
With that said, please accept my apology for what misunderstanding and feelings the following might bring to your heart and mind.
I believe Musk is Musk and a poor choice in signaling in his X commentary regarding Ukrainians’ President, as have others others have similarly. From their perspectives, assuredly not. But reality is, if I am not walking in the shoes of the other, what understanding standing and flavor (feeling) of the needs, tensions, mental torments, costs of external forces, and weight of it all from chained around the heart and mind of the one involved can I fully understand. I lack that one’s driving forces.
I can not truly understand or feel the Ukrainian experience just my mental distorted sense of it.
The common worldly human wrongly judge and expect others to perform or think as one’s sense its self-consciousness would performs.