The modified image shared by Elon Musk depicted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky looking angry, accompanied by a text that read, “When five minutes pass, and you haven’t asked for a billion dollars in aid.”
In his tweet, Musk was referring to the aid provided by the West to Ukraine in its war against Russia.
Musk’s tweet came hours after the US Congress approved a temporary funding bill that omitted assistance to Ukraine.
Previously, Musk had angered Zelensky by conducting a poll in October of last year, suggesting a vote on solutions he deemed appropriate to stop the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, including Kyiv officially recognizing Crimea as part of Russia.
Among the options mentioned by Musk in his tweet were holding new elections in the areas recently annexed by Russia under United Nations supervision and Russia’s withdrawal if the results did not align with Moscow’s positions.
Musk also proposed Kyiv’s recognition of Crimea as Russian territory, ensuring water supplies to it, and keeping Ukraine as a “neutral state.”
At the end of his post, Musk asked his followers to vote on his plan with “yes” or “no,” as reported by The Guardian.
Musk‘s tweet sparked widespread controversy and anger among Ukrainians, prompting a response from the country’s President Zelensky.
Following Musk’s lead, Ukrainian President Zelensky posted a poll on Twitter at the time with two options: which one do you prefer, Elon Musk, who supports Ukraine, or the one who supports Russia.
The Kremlin responded to Musk‘s proposal at the time, saying that his move outlined broad lines for a potential peace agreement with Ukraine and was a “positive step.”
Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesperson, told reporters in a phone conference that Moscow was always open to negotiations to end the conflict.