‘If he’s afraid to fight, I will accept using only my left hand and I am not even left handed’

A collage showing from left to right: Elon Musk, Putin topless and riding a horse and Ramzan Kadyrov

From left Elon Musk, Vladimir Putin in 2008 and Ramzan Kadyrov.Patrick Pleul / Pool / AFP / Alexsey Druginyn / AFP / Yelena Afonina / TASS, all via Getty Images

  • Musk challenged Putin to a one-on-one battle over Ukraine, which Russia invaded on February 24.

  • A Chechen leader claimed on Telegram that the Russian president would destroy Musk.

  • “If he’s afraid of fighting, I’ll accept only using my left hand, and I’m not even left – handed,” Musk said.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, doubled his challenge to fight Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying he would fight the Russian dictator with his left hand.

Musk tweeted in response to an apparent post from Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Kadyrov, a Putin loyalist, posted a lengthy Telegram post in which he insulted Musk by calling him “Elona” and argued that the Russian president would knock “hell” out of Musk.

“So you have to go to the gym and get stronger, to transform yourself from a sore Elona to a brutal Elon,” he said. (Musk then changed his Twitter display name to “Elona Musk.”)

The Chechen leader also mockingly suggested three places for Musk to train in Chechnya, including the Russian University of Spetsnaz, a special forces training school; Akhmat Martial Arts School; and Chechen State Broadcasting Company.

“Elon Musk, I suggest you do not challenge Putin. You are in two completely different weight classes,” Kadyrov wrote.

Musk declined the offer of further training, saying it would give him “too much of an advantage.”

“If he’s afraid of fighting, I’ll agree to use only my left hand, and I’m not even left – handed,” he tweeted, signing his tweet with his newly nicknamed “Elona.”

Musk original tweet challenging Putin was broadcast on Monday and written in both English and Cyrillic script: “I hereby challenge Vladimir Putin to singles. Stakes are Ukraine.”

Russia invaded neighboring Ukraine on February 24. On March 14, the war has resulted in at least 600 deaths, though the actual number is likely to be much higher, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Since the war began, Musk has activated satellite Internet service in Ukraine through Starlink systems, for which Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked him.

SpaceX, Musk’s aerospace company, also ravaged the head of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, during the launch of the Starlink system.

“Time to let the American broomstick fly and hear the sound of freedom,” SpaceX’s launch director said on a livestream, referring to one of Rogozin’s remarks.

Translations by Nikita Ilyich Angarski.

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