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Elon Musk's 'Putin challenge' gets response from top Russian official. Shots fired as Tesla chief hits back

The chief of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos responded to Elon Musk's tweet challenging Vladimir Putin to a "single combat" fight over Ukraine.

March 15, 2022 / 09:17 AM IST
Elon Musk had challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin to a fight over Ukraine.

Elon Musk had challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin to a fight over Ukraine.

Billionaire Elon Musk, who has been on a tweeting spree, reiterating his support for war-torn Ukraine, indulged a war of words with a top Russian official after he challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin to a fight, with nothing less than the fate of Ukraine.

"I hereby challenge Vladimir Putin to single combat. Stakes are Ukraine," Elon Musk had tweeted.

"Do you accept this fight?" he added in Russian, directly addressing the official English-language Twitter account of the 69-year-old president.

Dmitry Rogozin, the director general of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos, responded to his viral tweet, quote-tweeting verses from Alexander Pushkin’s poem titled “The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda”.