Elon Musk Again Reveal Something Terrifying about Russia: Ever since the Kremlin launched a devastating attack on Ukraine, Elon Musk, known for his big bets on successful business ventures as he is known for his audacious eccentricities, has picked a side and from the look of things, Russia is not in his good books.
And now, he’s challenged the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, to a fight plus making a bold claim that he’s going to stop Russia.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk challenged the Russian President, Vladimir Putin to “single combat” via Twitter. “I hereby challenge Vladimir Putin to single combat, Stakes are Ukraine.” He tweeted, writing the country’s name in its language.
“Do you agree to this fight?”, he wrote in Russian, tagging the Kremlin’s official English language Twitter account. Elon Musk’s tweets have gotten him and his companies into a lot of trouble in the past.
He has once stated in an interview that he was “always crazy” on the social media platform and that he saw it as a “war zone”. Previous posts have included a controversial poll asking his followers whether they supported him selling 10% of his stock in his electric-car company, Tesla Inc., which wiped $35 billion off the value of the company in one day.
This time, that decision is not his to make as the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine wiped out a whopping $13.3 billion of his net worth causing him to lose his spot in the $200 Billion Club.
The Tesla CEO’s net worth is now roughly $198 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire’s index, just below the hallowed $200 billion mark. Musk is still the world’s richest man, even though so far, $72 billion has been wiped from his fortune this year – an amount greater than the combined wealth of the three next richest persons combined.
But the increasing tensions between Ukraine and Russia which are currently rocking the stock market is a cause for alarm so much so that the Tech billionaire is willing to do anything – even if it means stepping into the ring with the Russian President to put an end to it
Fears of sanctions, commodity depletion, and a potential (and seemingly inevitable) spike in the price of products (oil being a big one) drove investors to panic and begin short selling their shares as news of the military invasion spread across the globe.
As the market began to fall, investors with large stakes in certain firms saw their net worth and portfolios plunge, and billionaires were among those who suffered significant financial losses.
Elon Musk whose wealth is incontrovertibly tied to his company’s current market value is one of the hardest hit but it seems that was the least of his worries when he called for more oil and gas output, while also acknowledging it would affect Tesla.
Musk tweeted; “Hate to say it, but we need to increase oil & gas output immediately. Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures. Obviously, this would negatively affect Tesla, but sustainable energy solutions simply cannot react instantaneously to make up for Russian oil & gas exports.”
Russia has long been a relatively enormous exporter of oil and gas and the international response of imposing sanctions on the country is producing a ripple effect on the supply chains, still struggling from the pandemic.
Elon, who is a visionary must have seen the bigger picture knowing fully well that the extent of the invasion of Ukraine and international response shouldn’t be underestimated. Meanwhile, The United States and its allies are actively discussing the issue of banning the purchase of Russian as part of the efforts by European countries to impose sanctions on Russia.
US President Joe Biden has so far condemned Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine arguing that it is bound to further increase energy prices and consequently destabilize the global economy.
Many feared that Ukraine’s internet connectivity would be cut off following Russia’s invasion, either through hacking or the destruction of internet infrastructure – or both. While there have been occasional brief outages and cyber-attacks on government websites, an internet blackout isn’t out of the question.
Locals are encouraged to stay connected by officials so that their stories may be used to counter Russian propaganda and so that they can share crimes committed by Russian forces on behalf of Vladimir Putin.
Following a plea by Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov to provide the country access to satellite internet, Elon Musk has assured Ukraine that his company SpaceX will provide its Starlink satellite broadband service, which are internet-beaming satellites launched by SpaceX, as the country continues to face an invasion that has disrupted the internet in the country.
A few hours later that day, Elon Musk made good on his promise by providing Ukrainians with active internet access via his Starlink space satellite service. A truckload of Starlink satellite dishes, also known as Dishes, showed up in Ukraine, ushering in a round of positive headlines about his world-saving generosity.
“Starlink service is now active in Ukraine. More terminals en route,” he said in a tweet without revealing any further details. He also announced that the following week, another batch of Starlink systems will be accessible to destroyed Ukrainian cities. Adding to that, refugees can also access free charging for both Tesla and non-Tesla vehicles in neighboring countries.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted out a note of gratitude after discussing it with the Tech mogul. “Talked to @elonmusk. I’m grateful to him for supporting Ukraine with words and deeds. Next week we will receive another batch of Starlink systems for destroyed cities.
Discussed possible space projects. But I’ll talk about this after the war.” Nevertheless, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been mum on requests from Twitter users to do the same as his fellow automakers like Mercedes, BMW, and Volkswagen and shut down Teslas in Russia.
One of Musk’s 77 million followers tweeted; “Here is an idea. Shut down all #Tesla cars in Russia with a note: ‘Hi, guys. You’ll get your cars back when you stop fighting #Ukraine,’”. Amid economic sanctions and market instabilities, will Tesla shut down the operation of its electric vehicles in Russia? So far Musk hasn’t responded—at least not publicly.
He did, however, announce on Twitter that he won’t block the Russian media in the global StarLink unless he has a gun to his head. He said this amidst accusations against the Russian government for using the Russian media to spread political propaganda.
“Starlink has been told by some governments (not Ukraine) to block Russian news sources. We will not do so unless at gunpoint, Sorry to be a free speech absolutist.” Meanwhile, a number of his colleagues and tech giants such as Google, Apple, Twitter, Microsoft, YouTube, Meta, and several others have banned Russia-controlled news networks – RT and Sputnik.
When a user suggested that Russia’s news was propaganda, Musk immediately replied, “All news sources are partially propaganda, some more than others.” Later on, the 50-year-old SpaceX CEO confirmed a change in the company’s priority which would cause a ‘slight delay’ in Starship & Starlink V2 satellite production to focus on cyber defense and overcome signal jamming.
Elon Musk warned Ukrainians to use the Starlink satellite system with caution as his commercial Internet network has a “high” probability of being targeted by Russians which could hamper the entire system at work.
Some Starlink terminals near the battle zones were also blocked for several hours, according to the world’s richest man. However, with the most recent software update, his team was able to get around the jamming. “Am curious to see what’s next,” he added.
To lighten up the mood even more, he stated that this activity is helping the company to carry out free quality assurance. Elon Musk also promised to ride to the rescue of the International Space Station if Russia attempts to drop it from orbit after Vladimir Putin’s space chief threatened to do so.
The White House had earlier on promised to impose sanctions on the Russian space program stating that this would reduce Russia’s ability to compete economically. President Joe Biden also promised to extend the sanctions to block more than half of the high-end technologies from the Russian Federation.
This would hamper their ability to modernize their armed forces and warfare strategies. Meanwhile, the US has already blocked Russia’s access to radiation-resistant microelectronics for space purposes.
However, the engines of the Russian Mississippi Cargo space ships are exclusively responsible for the correction of the International Space Station’s orbit and its avoidance of dangerous approaches to space debris.
Russia’s Space Chief, Dimitry Rogozin condemned the sanctions against Russia and took to his official Twitter account amidst the widely condemned invasion of Ukraine to warn that Russian expertise and technology would be necessary to keep the ISS in orbit and prevent it from crashing down onto Europe and even the US.
“If you block cooperation with us, who will save the ISS from an uncontrolled deorbit and fall into the United States and Europe?” Rogozin tweeted. To which Elon answered: “SpaceX” That’s Elon Musk tweeting to affirm his stance on using every resource available to suppress the Russian invasion.