Elon Musk once again warned against the continued provision of aid to Ukraine, arguing that it was leading to the pointless deaths of Ukrainian soldiers. “Having all these boys die for nothing is wrong,” Musk said.
He also expressed opposition to the pursuit of regime change in Russia, claiming that a domestic power broker who could take out Putin would likely be “someone more hardcore.”
Musk made these comments in a Spaces session on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, hosted by venture capitalist David Sacks. He was joined in the discussion by Senators J.D. Vance, Mike Lee, and Ron Johnson.
Former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy also took part in the session.
Musk on the Defensive on Russia
Musk pushed back against claims that he was pro-Russia, arguing that his businesses have deeply damaged Russian interests. He asserted that SpaceX has taken two-thirds of the Russian space launch business and noted the tremendous role Starlink has played in Ukraine’s defense against the Russian invasion.
Musk’s comments came a day after Ukrainian intelligence claimed that Russia is also using Musk’s Starlink service. He quickly denied these reports on Sunday, describing them as “categorically false.” Musk, however, qualified his denial, stating, “To the best of our knowledge, no Starlinks have been sold directly or indirectly to Russia.”
Musk’s History of Russia, Starlink Controversies
This is not the first time Musk has been forced to defend Starlink access allowance in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Musk was initially hailed as a hero for providing free Starlink terminals to Ukraine in 2022 for civilian and military purposes at a cost of roughly $100 million. He later signed a contract with the Pentagon, which now pays for Ukraine’s use of the service.
But, last September, excerpts of a biography of Musk by Walter Isaacson published in the Washington Post claimed that the Starlink owner denied Ukraine access to Starlink for use in an offensive against Russian forces in Crimea in 2022.
Musk took to X to justify his actions, stating, “If I had agreed to their request, then SpaceX would be explicitly complicit in a major act of war and conflict escalation.”
The billionaire has long been apprehensive about Starlink’s use in Ukraine’s counter-offensive. Musk told Isaacson, “Starlink was not meant to be involved in wars. It was so people can watch Netflix and chill and get online for school and do good peaceful things, not drone strikes.”
The Tesla owner has long called for a negotiated settlement to the Russia-Ukraine war, arguing that the United States is “sleepwalking into World War III.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised Musk as a “talented businessman.”
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