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Elon Musk challenges Putin to one on one ‘combat’ duel in bid to save Ukraine

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Tech billionaire Elon Musk has offered a way of ending Russia's invasion into Ukraine – and it involves taking on Russian president Vladimir Putin directly.

Musk tweeted a one-on-one challenge to Putin, with the future of Ukraine on the line.

He wrote: "I hereby challenge Владимир Путин to single combat.

"Stakes are Україна."

He put Putin's name and the name of Ukraine in Russian so, presumably, the Russian president doesn't miss out on the challenge.

The challenge quickly went viral, with crypto expert Travladd Crypto tweeted: "I need some of what you're drinking, bother".

And @GreenTeaMonster wrote: "I think it's best for world leaders to settle this man to man.

"So Zelensky vs. Putin.

"Also if the world changed the rules that world leaders would have to fight instead of their military, I think we can all agree that Manny Pacquiao should win this next election."

One user asked Musk, in Russian, if he would be "surprised" if the despotic Russian leader accepted the challenge, to which he replied: "It would be an honour".

Within minutes of the challenge being made, the 50-year-old founder of SpaceX and Tesla's tweet – to his 77.6 million followers – had been retweeted more than 6,800 times, with more than 32,000 likes.

Putin doesn't actually have his own Twitter account, so it remains to be seen whether or not he will actually respond to Musk's challenge.

This is Musk's first foray into commenting on the invasion, apart from comments relating to nuclear power.

On March 6, he said it was now "extremely obvious that Europe should restart dormant nuclear power stations and increase power output of existing ones".

He added: "This is *critical* to national and international security.

"Also nuclear is vastly better for global warming than burning hydrocarbons for energy."

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  • Elon Musk
  • Vladimir Putin
  • Russia
  • Russia Ukraine war

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