Musk Faces Twitter Backlash Over Ukraine Plan

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    The Facts

    • On Monday, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk sparked controversy when he tweeted his idea for a potential Russia-Ukraine peace plan. This included a Twitter poll on whether the plan would help end the fighting.

    • Musk's tweet called for redoing "elections in annexed regions under UN supervision,” with Russia leaving “if that is the will of the people.” He also suggested that Crimea should be formally part of Russia, with an ensured water supply, and Ukraine should remain “neutral."

    The Spin

    Anti-Russia narrative

    Russia is committing genocide in Ukraine, yet Musk thinks the best thing to do is to negotiate peace on Moscow's terms. He may have shown his support for Ukraine in the past, but statements like this only hurt the Ukrainian cause, which calls for the liberation of their entire sovereign nation. It's quite telling that the Kremlin reacted so positively to Musk's words.

    Pro-Russia narrative

    It's a testament to the power of Western and Ukrainian propaganda that when someone suggests peace is the best outcome, they're mercilessly attacked by a mob of war-hungry Twitter "keyboard warriors." Most of those attacking Musk were undoubtedly pro-Ukrainian bot accounts with the sole purpose of subverting the discourse regarding the situation in Ukraine. Peace and compromise shouldn't be controversial.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 3% chance that Putin and Zelenskyy will meet to discuss the peaceful resolution of the Russian-Ukraine conflict before 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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