Musk suggests ceding parts of Ukraine to Russia to ‘avert WWIII’

Elon Musk
Elon Musk

During an online discussion on his X platform (formerly Twitter), Elon Musk has proposed "restoring normal relations" with Russia by ceding parts of Ukrainian territory to it, The Wall Street Journal reported on Oct. 23.

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, who has previously stated his intent to halt aid to Ukraine and prevent Russian dictator Putin from losing the war, also took part in the discussion.

Musk believes that the wars conducted by the Hamas against Israel and Russia against Ukraine could escalate into World War III, which he characterizes as a "civilizational risk" from which "we [humanity] may not recover," thereby making preventing a third world war a priority.

"We need to figure out peace in Ukraine, and I think we need to restore normal relations with Russia," he said.

Musk contends that Western policy has forced Russia and Iran into a strategic partnership with China, which he believes could potentially overshadow the U.S.-led alliance of Western countries.

He also proposed holding a "vote" in occupied territories of eastern Ukraine to determine if these regions would wish to be part of Ukraine or Russia. He asserted that some parts of the occupied territories would “definitely” want to be part of Russia. Musk also stated that Ukraine is not making "territorial progress" and that the battlefield situation is "hopeless;" thus, a "ceasefire," in his view, would be the "best outcome."

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Musk echoed the narratives of Russian propaganda, calling Russians and Ukrainians 'relatives,' who, in his opinion, were forced into a fight by Western foreign policy.

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In response, Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said in a Telegram post that "the surrender of Ukraine" would not bring about the end of the war or "peace for our time" as Musk hopes.

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“That [would be] a catastrophic mistake,” said Podolyak.

“Abandoning support for Ukraine would not halt the war, but would instead spark numerous conflicts around the world, end the era of global peace, ruin the world economy, and secure a triumph of evil. There would be no more rules… It will all end in a great war across many continents, in which U.S. citizens will likely have to fight in.”

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