On February 2nd, the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine openly criticized statements made by Elon Musk, an American businessman, regarding President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s repeated appeals for military support from Western nations in response to Russian aggression. In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Musk shared a meme featuring an image of Zelenskiy accompanied by the caption, “When you haven’t asked for $1 billion in aid in 5 minutes.”
In reaction to Musk’s remarks, Ukrainian parliament speaker Stefanchuk responded on X, saying, “He (Musk) may have tried to conquer space, but it seems his success was short-lived as trouble found him within 5 minutes,” possibly alluding to a failed rocket launch by his space company SpaceX in April.
Furthermore, the Ukrainian parliament accused Musk of promoting Russian propaganda on his official X page. To support this claim, they highlighted a meme shared by Musk which featured an image of himself alongside the caption, “When you don’t spread Russian propaganda in 5 minutes.”
The Verkhovna Rada also raised concerns about Musk’s statements and behavior, given the gravity of the situation between Ukraine and Russia. These comments by a prominent figure such as Musk could potentially undermine Ukraine’s efforts in seeking international assistance.
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[キーウ ２日 ロイター] – The Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine responded on the 2nd to the comments of the US businessman, Elon Musk, about President Volodymyr Zelensky’s repeated calls for military assistance from Western countries to counter Russian aggression.
On the 2nd, Mr Musk posted a meme of Mr Zelensky on X (formerly Twitter). He captioned the image, “When you haven’t asked for $1 billion in aid in 5 minutes.”
In response, Ukrainian parliament speaker Stefanchuk wrote on X: “He (Musk) tried to conquer space, but it didn’t work and after 5 minutes he was in trouble.” He appears to be referring to a failed rocket launch in April by his space company SpaceX.
Ukraine’s parliament also accused Musk of spreading Russian propaganda on the official page of X. He posted a meme with an image of Musk and the caption, “When you don’t spread Russian propaganda in 5 minutes.”
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