Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Inc. TSLA, responded Monday to a Twitter poll posted by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
What Happened: Musk told Zelenskyy that I still support Ukraine, but am convinced that the war will cause great harm to Ukraine and possibly the world. The entrepreneur s comments came in response to a poll conducted by Zelenskyy in which he asked his 6.6 million followers if they liked a Musk who supports Ukraine or one who backs Russia.
There were a majority of the 1.5 million votes cast in favor of Musk, who supports Ukraine.
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Why It Matters: In a separate Twitter poll, Musk asked his 107 million Twitter followers if they agreed with his four thoughts on how the Russia and Ukraine conflict will eventually come to a peaceful agreement.
The four points included redoing the elections of annexed regions under UN supervision, Crimea's status as part of Russia and assuring water supply to the peninsula. Musk stated that Ukraine remains neutral as one of his points.
On Monday, chess grandmaster and Russian dissident Garry Kasparov lashed out at Musk on Twitter, calling his poll a moral idiocy and a repeat of Kremlin propaganda. In turn, Musk said SpaceX, which he heads, gave Starlink terminals to Ukraine and lost $80 million in doing so, putting the company and himself at serious risk of a Russian cyberattack. He asked Kasparov, What have you done besides tweeting? Musk clarified that while a small number of Starlink terminals were paid for by the U.S. government, the vast majority were not. Read Next: Elon Musk weighs In On Pope's appeal To Putin 'Begging Him To Stop This Spiral Of Violence And Death' In Ukraine