A Ukrainian MP has invited Elon Musk to Ukraine so he can “become a witness to [Russia’s] atrocities,” and educate himself so he stops “writing about things he doesn't know much about.”

 

People’s Deputy and Head of the Committee on Foreign Policy, Oleksandr Merezhko, told Kyiv Post he was ready to host the billionaire, adding: “I’m ready to host him and I'm sure many of my colleagues would like to meet him.”

 

Musk has caused outrage in Ukraine and across the world in recent days with a series of social media posts belittling the Ukrainian president and his country’s plight in the war against Russia’s full-scale invasion and the uncertainty around continuing US aid to Kyiv.

“The real problem is his ignorance about the real situation in Ukraine,” Merezhko said. “I believe that if had visited Ukraine, he would never have said or written anything like that.”

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Merezhko invited Musk to visit the scenes of Russian atrocities like Bucha, Irpin and Chernihiv, saying: “When you become a witness to these atrocities, it changes people and that's why I think it's necessary for Elon Musk to come and to see for himself.”

 

Musk’s reputation in Ukraine since the launch of Russia’s full-scale invasion has been somewhat of a rollercoaster – for the first few months of the war he was hailed a hero and his face adorned posters around the country for his work in supplying Starlink internet systems.

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According to the New York Times, the CIA has built a series of secret listening posts in Ukraine to tracks Russian troop movements, air and missile attacks.

 

But by October, after proposing a peace plan that would allow to Russia annex occupied areas of Ukraine, those same posters were being torn down.

Since then, Musk’s statements have only served to further outrage Ukrainians, culminating in this week’s social media posts.

 

Adding to the furore, it was revealed last month that he had prevented a Ukrainian attack on a Russian Navy base last year by declining Kyiv's request to activate internet access in the Black Sea near Moscow-annexed Crimea.

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But Merezhko believes all is not lost for Ukraine’s relationship with Musk, saying he doesn’t think he is actually opposed to the US sending further aid to Ukraine.

 

“I don't think he's against providing financial or military aid to Ukraine, he's calling it into question – he thinks like a businessman,” he said.

Oleksandr Merezhko

 

Merezhko said Musk needs to understand that aid to Ukraine is actually “the best investment” the US can make in its own security and if Ukraine is defeated, the US will end up paying even more in the long term.

 

He added: “It's very sad what's going on – in the beginning it was perfect and he provided us with the necessary support which we desperately needed and we should be grateful to him for that and we shouldn't forget about that despite his recent 'jokes.'”

 

“I still believe that he can still be our true friend.”

 

 

 

If Musk accepts the invitation, Merezhko said he is free to “ask any question” and that he would tell him of his own experiences of the war.

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“For many people living abroad, they just cannot imagine what it's like here,” he said. “For them, it's just pictures on the news and it's something very abstract that they can place as being very far away and as being not their war.”

 

“But people should realize that it's their war. it's a war of Europeans, it's a war of Americans, it's a common war, because we're fighting not only against Russia, we're fighting against a broad coalition of authoritarian regimes.”

 

“Ukraine is a testing ground and if we fail, the whole world of democracy will begin to fail.”

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Jubble
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Musk is in the Mirotvorets list, how can he enter?

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William
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Don't do it, Elon. The last American to speak his mind there ended up in a work camp.

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Makuye
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Pandering to ANY Oligarch CANNOT be recommended.
Three other communications microsatellite operators exist. Though they are less developed for separate reasons, they ARE able to be used to Ukraine advantage, as broad spectrum jamming both requires jamming arrays that russia does not adequately possess, and would preclude some of its own use of remote communications.

Although the tech issue is important, the political issues when uncontrolled oligarchs are enabled, are dangerous. X, or twitter, now having no regulation against deceptive russian usage, is best shut down.

Did NONE learn from the rise of unregulated communication? An old oligarch, who for 40 years and MORE, personally destroyed the integrity and truthfulness of news reportage across THREE separate Continents, leading to antidemocracy's rise, SHOULD HAVE caused firm constraints.

Instead, unconstrained libertarianism, NOT differing from anarchy, created complete ease of russian disinformation, and consequent fragmentation of not merely democracies, but of rational thought and destruction of human cognitive capacity.

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Joseph Swanson
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musk is a communist russian loving piece of filth.  He did not just order Starlink to be turned off...he had the system turned off on putin's birthday.
Ukraine defends itself and he claims escalation...russia has done nothing but escalation and he remains silent.
musk MAY have been promised exclusive rights to items such as aluminum and lithium in Eastern Ukraine for his commie clown cars. musk claims he allowed Starlink in Ukraine to be used to "watch netflix, learn, and chill." Who the hell watches netflix and chills in a nation at war?
Let's not forget this is the same musk who inherited blood money from his racist father who owned and operated minds in South Africa and exploited Africans. musk must remove himself and his garbage Starlink, which I said from day one would be used as a trojan horse against Ukraine, out of my nation and keep his uneducated opinions of "truce" to himself.  musk describes how he had a conversation with a russian official warning of a nuclear response in Crimea YET musk seems to think a "truce" is possible with the same people threatening nuclear annihilation of the world every other week.  musk clearly suffers from dunning kruger.

Makuye
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@Joseph Swanson, Musk is the opposite of a communist: communism intended to eradicate all borders, eliminate all Nonstate ownership, and liquidate violently, forever, all oppositional thought.
Musk is an oligarch, a would-be financial controller. While the pretenses of communism only went as far as "dictatorship of the proletariat" liquidating all oppositional thought, truth rational inquiry, ( its subjugation of science eliminated any truly controlled experiment, and essentially made anecdote favoring that particular coercive governmental form, its philosophy).

One unopposed controller is as ill.as another. NO unquestioned decisionmaker escapes seeking its own self-interest.
Acton: "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority; still more when you superadd the tendency of certain corruption by authority."

Do NOT mistake oligarchs for communists, though BOTH function through coercion, and finally, violence

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William
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@Joseph Swanson, Russia hasn't been communist since 1991. Ukraine was communist then to. As Obama said, tge 1980s called and they want their foreign policy back.

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Patrick Abas
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The clown will never go because he will see all his kremlin support is based on nothing. Bi-Polar idiots like him cannot stand any contradiction.

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