Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to SpaceX and Tesla boss Elon Musk over a video call on March 6 and invited him to visit his country after the war with Russia is over.
Elon Musk has expressed solidarity with the Ukrainians as they struggle with a humanitarian crisis. His aerospace company SpaceX has provided war-torn Ukraine its satellite broadband service Starlink.
Volodymyr Zelensky shared a video of his call with the billionaire on his Instagram page. "If you have time (to visit Ukraine) after the war, you are very welcome," he said.
Musk responded by saying that he looked forward to visiting Ukraine once things are better.
Separately, in a tweet, Zelensky thanked Musk for supporting his country “with words and deeds” amid its war with Russia.
Talked to @elonmusk. I’m grateful to him for supporting Ukraine with words and deeds. Next week we will receive another batch of Starlink systems for destroyed cities. Discussed possible space projects. But I’ll talk about this after the war.
— Володимир Зеленський (@ZelenskyyUa) March 5, 2022
Zelensky said Ukraine will receive another batch of Starlink systems next week.
The two also discussed possible space projects. “But I’ll talk about this after the war,” the Ukrainian president added.
Musk had on Saturday tweeted a message of solidarity for the Ukrainian people. “Hold Strong Ukraine,” he said. “And also, my sympathies to the great people of Russia, who do not want this.”
Russia’s war on Ukraine has caused heavy casualties and immense damage to critical infrastructure like roads and bridges.
The country has asked the International Monetary Fund for $1.4 billion in emergency financing. The request is likely to be considered next week.
“Should the conflict escalate, the economic damage would be all the more devastating,” IMF has cautioned.
Hundreds of civilians and soldiers have been killed in the Russia Ukraine-war, which has been raging for over 10 days. More than 12 lakh people have fled to neighbouring countries to escape the violence.
A defiant Ukraine is fighting back. President Zelensky said on Saturday that Ukrainian troops in Kharkiv city are inflicting "such losses on the invaders that they have not seen even in their worst dream", news agency AFP reported.(With inputs from AFP)